Tamari and Honey-Glazed Scallops

I tried this recipe over the summer after receiving an email from Whole Foods that they were having a “scallops” sale, and although I haven’t tasted a lot of scallop dishes, I think this one is pretty darn good. The combination of sweet honey, salty tamari, tangy rice vinegar and hot red pepper flakes make a delicious glaze for the scallops. I recommend using a robust honey like eucalyptus or avocado to balance the strongly flavored tamari. Serve with brown rice.


  • 1 1/2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb large sea scallops (tough muscles removed from the side of each)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together tamari, honey, mustard, vinegar and red pepper flakes; set aside.
  2. Pat scallops dry with paper towels, then heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook scallops in a single layer, flipping once, until golden brown & just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. (Work in batches, if necessary, adding the remaining 1 tbsp oil when needed.)
  4. Transfer scallops to a large plate as done.
  5. Reduce heat to low and allow skillet to cool off a bit, then carefully add tamari-honey mixture to skillet & simmer briefly until reduced to a glaze.
  6. Return scallops to skillet and toss well to coat.
  7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Source: Whole Foods

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Published by Denise

My name is Denise and I love good food, but enjoy preparing it more. I spend a good portion of my free time searching recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with tasty creations. Some of my other favorite things are my pets, family, friends, traveling (especially to tropical destinations and Paris), the beach, music, movies, and shopping, to name just a few ;)

2 thoughts on “Tamari and Honey-Glazed Scallops

  1. Ooooh yum. Honey and sesame seeds go so well together. I recently did a chicken glazed with honey and sesame seeds recipe – it was so delicious. I’d love to try this.

    1. I love honey…and sesame seeds, so will definitely check out your chicken recipe! And if I recall, you just posted an amazing looking dessert, so need to try that, as well 🙂

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