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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