Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce instead of soy sauce and check to make sure the fish sauce is gluten-free.


"He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician." -Chinese proverb

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Rice noodles are great for a quick meal. As they cook, the noodles absorb the flavors in the liquid. They are delicate and generally cook in under 10 minutes making them the perfect weeknight meal. Simple: one pan (or maybe two) and all in less than 30 minutes start to finish.

A similar Pad-Thai-like noodle dish was on the menu at a restaurant I ate at recently. Topping the cooked noodles with seafood - scallops, shrimp or even salmon - makes a complete meal that's easy to cook, elegant, and fast.

I prefer to use the Annie Chun's brown rice noodles. They are widely available now and cook just as quickly, but they have 4 grams of fiber instead of the only 1 gram of fiber found in the traditional white rice Pad Thai noodles.


Seared Scallops with Pad Thai Style Noodles

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 6 ounces scallops with noodles

Cooking time: 30 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied but does not make very good leftovers.

4 tsp. toasted sesame oil (divided)
1 large carrot (finely diced)
4 large green onions (thinly sliced crosswise)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp. reduced sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari sauce
1/2 lime (juiced)
1 tsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. fish sauce
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
4 ounces pad thai style rice noodles
8 ounces sea scallops
to taste fresh ground black pepper

Seared Scallops with Pad Thai Style Noodles

Place a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add 2 teaspoons of the sesame oil and swirl to coat the pan.

Add the carrot and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the green onions and garlic. Cook for about a minute. Stir frequently.  

Add the water, soy sauce, lime juice, maple syrup, fish sauce, and red pepper flakes and cook for about 30 seconds.

Add the rice noodles and reduce the heat until the noodles are simmering.

Cook the noodles for about 8 to 10 minutes until done.

While the noodles are cooking, place the remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil in a large skillet over high heat.

When the oil is hot, add the scallops and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes. Turn and cook for another 4 minutes.

Serve the noodles topped with the seared scallops.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 6 ounces scallops with noodles

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 457 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol35mg 12%
Sodium 610mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
    Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
    Sugars 9g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A 380% Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 6% Iron 4%
Vitamin K 68mcg Potassium 463mg