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Pan Seared Scallops with Toasted Israeli Couscous & Roasted Vegetables

Updated On: Jan 29, 2024

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Pan Seared Scallops with Toasted Israeli Couscous and Roasted Vegetables. It sounds like it will be complicated, but let me tell you this seafood dinner recipe comes together super quickly and the toasted Israeli couscous pairs well with the sweet sea scallops and roasted veggies. A delicious weeknight dinner or a summer picnic.

a simple dinner idea of pan seared scallops with Israeli couscous

Last night was one of those toss it together kinda dinners.  I really had no plan.  The entire day was filled with this or that and unfortunately my to-do list never got ta-done.  Anyway, I opened the fridge and found a package of scallops which sounded good.  Then on to the pantry where this bright purple box of Israeli couscous was starring at me.  I had the protein and the carbs now I needed some fresh veggies, so out to the garden I went for carrots, onions, tomatoes, baby beets and fresh herbs.  The end result, well, it was pretty darned good.  The kids each had 2 helpings and the Hubs licked the spoon.  I think that’s a good sign it was a winner.

How to make Scallops with Israeli Couscous

This recipe is simple to make. It may seem like a lot of steps, but it all comes together while the vegetables roast in the oven.

Israeli couscous and chicken stock

Get a pot with 4 cups of water boiling and add a tablespoon of chicken base, or alternatively you could just use 4 cups of chicken stock/broth.  I like chicken base, but that’s just me.

vegetables to roast for pan seared scallops recipe

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.  In a roasting pan or pyrex dish add 3 medium carrots that have been chopped coarsely, 1 medium onion chopped coarsely, 6 small red peppers or 1 large red pepper chopped, 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix it all together and put in the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes. (toss in the tomatoes & baby beets here as well if you’d like)

Note: I roasted my beets separate because I’m the only one in the house who likes them.  If your family won’t squeal in horror (like mine) then add them to the carrots.

get a good char on your roasted vegetables for optimal flavor

To get the veggies to have a little charred color, I popped them under the broiler for about 2 minutes.

Israeli couscous is larger than regular couscous and holds up well to toasting

In a skillet lightly coated with cooking spray, add 1 1/2 cups of Israeli couscous and toast over medium high heat until it begins to turn a golden brown.

Note: Israeli couscous is larger in size than regular couscous.  It can be found in the ethnic food aisle of the grocery store or at specialty stores like World Market or Trader Joes.  The flavor is nutty and the texture is creamier than traditional couscous.

toasting Israeli couscous in a skillet

Like this.  The smell will be heavenly too.  Add this to the boiling chicken stock plus 1 tablespoon of butter and reduce heat to medium low.  Cook according to package directions.

wash, debeard, and dry sea scallops before searing for best results

Baby scallops I heart you!  Really I heart you when you are giant Diver Scallops.  Anyway, make sure the scallops are dry before adding to the hot frying pan coated with cooking spray.  Otherwise you won’t get a good sear.  You want to cook your scallops like a hooker – Hot and Fast!  Low and slow is for sauce.  🙂  So make sure the pan is good and hot.

how to pan sear scallops

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and sear those babies up!

In a large bowl add the cooked couscous, roasted veggies, 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper if needed.  Top with the seared scallops and a sprinkling of parsley and serve.

Serve Pan Seared Scallops with Toasted Israeli Couscous and Roasted Vegetables for a fun summer dinner or brunch
a simple dinner idea of pan seared scallops with Israeli couscous

Pan Seared Scallops with Toasted Israeli Couscous & Roasted Vegetables

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups Israeli couscous
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 medium carrots coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 red pepper seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 4 small beets scrubbed and peeled
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb scallops rinsed and dried on paper towel
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced


  • Preheat oven to 450. In a baking dish add the carrots, onion, red pepper, beets, thyme, olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss together and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Bring 4 cups of chicken stock to a boil. In a skillet coated with cooking spray add the couscous and toast over medium-high heat until golden brown. Add to the chicken stock and add butter. Cook according to package directions (about 12 minutes).
  • In the same skillet that’s been recoated with cooking spray, add the scallops and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sear on each side until cooked through, about 4 minutes (or longer depending on size).
  • In a large bowl add the couscous, parmesan cheese, roasted vegetables and toss to combine. Pour onto a serving platter and top with seared scallops and parsley and serve.


Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 17gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 959mgPotassium: 591mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 5876IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 2mg
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Karriann Graf says:

    I love the food!

    It’s very attractive.. I am sure this is very delicious!

  2. Jayne @ Married to a Meat-eating Military Man says:

    Yum! I love Israeli couscous! My carnivore will really like this and I’ll love it, too!

  3. Marina @ Yummy Mummy says:

    Oh I just love all these ingredients! Israeli couscous is fun and delicious and a nice change from regular couscous or grains.

  4. Christine Cappio says:

    Looks really yummy. I never had Israeli couscous.

  5. I could SO be a hooker for those scallops! 😉 I knew this meal would be a success when you were tweeting about it last night; so glad everyone loved it!!

  6. Marnely Rodriguez says:

    Woah, this looks sooo good and I love scallops! FYI, I’ve never had Israeli couscous! Must try!

  7. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    Such a vibrant & fabulous way to prepare scallops.

  8. Fantastic meal!

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  10. Mike Chavez says:

    I like how you just opened your fridge and there happened to be scallops must sitting there! Please! 🙂

    This sounds YUMMY!

  11. Barbara | Creative Culinary says:

    I LOVE Israeli couscous. I started using it several years ago before I ever tried regular couscous and now it’s all I want; those other itty bitty things are just too tiny!

    I’ve mixed it up in so many ways, not unlike your dish but the scallops my dear? Genius.

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