Jerk Scallops with Spaghetti Squash

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Rated 5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
Jerk Scallops with Spaghetti Squash
Jerk Scallops with Spaghetti Squash


  • Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 spaghetti squash, split in half with seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Jerk Scallops
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound large scallops
  • ¼ cup white cooking wine
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Brush olive oil onto the flesh side of each spaghetti squash half and season with ½ teaspoon salt salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  3. Place 2 squash halves, flesh-side down, in a glass roasting pan, and place remaining 2 halves in a separate glass roasting pan.
  4. Bake spaghetti squash in the oven until tender, about 40 minutes.
  5. Remove squash from oven and use a fork to rake squash flesh from peel to gather spaghetti-like strands. If flesh is difficult to rake or feels hard, place squash back in oven, about 15 minutes.
  6. Prepare scallops 10 minutes before spaghetti squash is finished cooking.
  7. Melt butter and vegetable oil over medium-high heat In a large skillet.
  8. Add scallops to skillet and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until light golden brown.
  9. Add cooking wine, onion powder, brown sugar, sea salt, thyme, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon to scallops and continue sautéing, about 2 minutes, flipping scallops on both sides to saturate with wine and seasoning mixture.
  10. Remove scallops from skillet and serve immediately with cooking liquid over spaghetti squash.
Mealthy tip:

Top with green onions for garnish and add sriracha for an extra hint of heat in this dish.

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Sam Dalton says:

These jerk scallops are amazing. The jerk seasoning alone is very flavorful. I also want to try using it on shrimp. The spaghetti squash was a nice switch from starchy spaghetti noodles. My wife and I love this recipe.

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Jessica Scott says:

The jerk scallops alone were incredible! The flavor was spot on, everything I expected it to be and more. I also liked the healthy spaghetti squash as opposed to using pasta. Definitely one of my favorite lighter dishes.