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Seared Scallops with Beet Relish Recipe – Guest Post

Louise | January 25
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This is a recipe from Dr. Loren Cordain’s new book, The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, which contains 250 delicious, 100% Paleo recipes, coupled with the scientific evidence suggesting why each dish is comprised of the best ingredients to attain optimal health. You can order it on Amazon here.

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Seared Scallops with Beet Relish Recipe – Guest Post

  • Author: Dr. Loren Cordain
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 lb fresh or frozen sea scallops, patted dry with paper towels
  • 3 medium red beets, peeled and cut chopped
  • 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Ground white pepper


  1. Thaw scallops, if frozen.
  2. For beet relish, in a medium bowl combine beets, apple, jalapenos, cilantro, onion, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and lime juice. Mix well. Set aside while preparing scallops.
  3. Rinse scallops; pat dry with paper towels. In a large skillet heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add scallops; saute for 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown on the exterior and barely opaque. Sprinkle scallops lightly with white pepper.
  4. To serve, divide beet relish evenly among serving plates; top with scallops. Serve immediately.


For a beautiful golden crust, be sure the surface of the scallops is really dry – and that the pan is nice and hot – before adding them to the pan. Also, let the scallops sear without disturbing them for 2 to 3 minutes, carefully checking before turning.


Note: the recipe and images are courtesy of Houghton Mifflin and The Paleo Diet, who retain all copyright.