Tantalize your tastebuds with this healthy and delicious tropical inspired low FODMAP recipe for Seared Scallops with coconut rice, juicy pineapple, and fresh ginger. Yum!

Tantalize your tastebuds w/ these Seared Scallops w/ Coconut Rice. Low FODMAP, healthy, gluten free, and delicious! | Recipe from The Calm Belly Kitchen Cookbook by Julie O'Hara @thespicyrdI’m so excited to share this fresh and flavorful recipe for Seared Scallops with Coconut Rice from my fellow low FODMAP food blogger friend, Julie O’Hara of Calm Belly Kitchen.

Julie recently published her first cookbook geared specifically towards IBS and the low FODMAP diet. If you’re following a low FODMAP diet for IBS, you’ll definitely want to check out the Calm Belly Kitchen Cookbook: Crave-Worthy Low-FODMAP Recipes for Everyday.

In it you will find 50+ Low FODMAP Recipes for digestive health…

√ 10 Low FODMAP breakfast recipes

√ 7 Low FODMAP lunch recipes

√ 31 low FODMAP dinner recipes {the most frequently requested recipe category from my IBS clients}

√ Oh, and then there’s dessert 🙂

The Calm Belly Kitchen Cookbook, by Julie O'Hara , has over 50 Low FODMAP recipes for IBS and digestive health. Read my review and try one of the recipes at my blog, The Spicy RDWhat I like most about the Calm Belly Kitchen Cookbook is that…

  1. The majority of the recipes are fairly simple to make.
  2. Most recipes feature easy to find ingredients.
  3. The focus is on whole foods and natural ingredients including fruits and vegetables, grains, meats, and seafoods.
  4. Substitutions and creativity are encouraged!

I can’t wait to try so many of the recipes in the Calm Belly Kitchen Cookbook including…

  • Orange-Marinated Chicken Kabobs w/ Arugula Salad
  • Chicken Tortilla Casserole w/ Restaurant-Style Salsa
  • Shredded Pork Tacos w/ Lentils
  • One-Pan Cheesy Mexican Rice w/ Ground Beef
  • Thai Beef Salad w/ Lime Vinaigrette & Thai Beef Spring Rolls w/ Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • Salmon Kale Caesar Salad
  • And, more!

But, having just returned from an Ah-mazzzzing Caribbean vacation to St. Lucia with my family {photos and recap to come soon!}, I couldn’t resist whipping up this tropical inspired recipe for Seared Scallops with Coconut Rice.

Fresh, healthy, and delicious! Seared Scallops with Coconut Rice, Pineapple, and Ginger

The flavors in this dish really come together deliciously, and, not to boast, but I discovered that I am a pro at searing scallops. #nomodestyhere

I also realized that I’ve never shared a recipe for seared scallops with you before, let alone many seafood recipes at all. In fact the only seafood recipes I have on the blog are: this recipe for Halibut Ceviche with Summer Sweet Corn and Cherry Tomatoes, this recipe for Sticky Sesame Salmon, this recipe for Quinoa Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Lime Mayo, and this recipe for Quick and Easy Asian Pan Seared Salmon for OneShame on me. 😥

Hint, hint, if you haven’t tried these recipes before, you really should. They are all SO good!

Seared Scallops with Coconut Rice {Low FODMAP, Gluten-Free}

Tantalize your tastebuds w/ these Seared Scallops w/ Coconut Rice. Low FODMAP, healthy, gluten free, and delicious! | Recipe from The Calm Belly Kitchen Cookbook by Julie O'Hara @thespicyrd

Seared Scallops w/ Coconut Rice + The Calm Belly Cookbook for IBS

Tantalize your tastebuds with this healthy and delicious tropical inspired low FODMAP recipe for Seared Scallops with coconut rice, juicy pineapple, and fresh ginger. Yum!
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Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup Black Japonica rice*
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon neutral oil, divided
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced into 3-inch pieces
  • 8- oz can pineapple chunks, drained and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger, 1-inch piece
  • 1/2 packed cup cilantro leaves, some thin stems are okay, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12-16 sea scallops 9about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • Lime wedges for serving


  • Add rice, water, coconut milk, and 1/2 tsp salt to a medium saucepan. Cover with a lid but leave it slightly askew so steam can escape (This prevents the coconut milk from bubbling up, which tends to happen.) Bring to a boil on high heat. Immediately reduce heat to lowest setting and shift the lid to cover the pan completely. Simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is just tenter, about 45 minutes. Remove from heat and rest for 10 minutes with the lid on.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add bell peppers, season with salt and pepper, and cook tender, about 5 minutes. Add pineapples and ginger, and cook, stirring occasionally, until pineapples are lightly browned and ginger is fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Add rice and stir gently until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in about 2/3 of the cilantro.
  • Meanwhile, rinse the scallops thoroughly under cold water to remove any grit (you won't see it, but scallops can be sandy, so rinse to be on the safe side). Pull of the small muscle, which may still be attached to the sides of the scallops. Thoroughly dry the scallops with a paper towel (if they're wet, they won't brown as well). Season both sides with salt and black pepper.
  • Heat half the butter and half the oil in a large, heavy skillet on medium-high heat (avoid nonstick skillets because you won't get that deeply browned "sear" on the scallops). Add half the scallops to avoid crowding the pan and cook until deep golden brown and opaque in the center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter, oil, and scallops. Serve over rice with lime wedges, and garnish with remaining cilantro.


1.Black Japonica (or Forbidden) Rice is a delicious variety of rice, rich in antioxidants, and higher in fiber than white or brown rice. If you can't find it in the grocery store, feel free to substitute your favorite variety of rice.2. This recipe is very versatile: Not a fan of scallops? Sub in chicken tenders or shrimp. Following a vegetarian diet? Skip the scallops and add in macadamia nuts or scrambled eggs for protein. Or, both! Vegan? Sub the scallops for crispy pan fried firm tofu. On a Paleo or Grain Free diet? Sub the Forbidden Rice for Cauliflower Rice. Yum!


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1047IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dinner, Seafood
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword IBS Friendly, Scallops
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Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this healthy recipe for Seared Scallops with Ginger Coconut Rice~So flavorful and delicious!

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Disclosure: I was given a free copy of The Calm belly Kitchen Cookbook to review. I was not compensated to write this post. I always enjoy sharing my favorite finds with you!

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