Spicy Shrimp and Scallops Recipe

Light and healthy Spicy Shrimp and Scallops - an easy-to-make dish that's loaded with juicy shrimp, plump scallops, sweet peppers and tomatoes cooked in a simmering sauce.

A bowl of Spicy Shrimp and Scallops next to a large pot with the remainder of the dish

For an easy meal, I know I can always turn to shrimp.  Shrimp cooks so quickly and because of that reason, I know that I can have a delicious home-cooked meal on the table in no time.  When shrimp is paired with scallops that cook just as fast, I know I've got an elegant dinner that was a breeze to cook up.

Yes, shrimp has come to my mealtime rescue more times than I can count and believe me, no one around here is complaining.

Not one bit.

A closeup of a bowl of Spicy Shrimp and Scallops

I know you'll love this Spicy Shrimp and Scallops recipe as much as we do.  I make it often and my family loves it.  Sometimes I add different vegetables depending on what I have on hand but I love to use peppers.  The sweetness of the red and yellow peppers compliment the spicy flavors in the sauce.

Just because a meal comes together quickly doesn't mean it can't look elegant too.  You could definitely serve this at a dinner party.

Along with the shrimp, scallops, and peppers, there's also onions, garlic and diced tomatoes.

The vegetables all cook quickly when cooked in a little olive oil.  As the sauce simmers, I add in the scallops and the shrimp along with a pinch (or two, depending on how spicy you like it) of chili flakes, smoked paprika, and dried oregano.

A closeup of Spicy Shrimp and Scallops in a large pot

It couldn't be any easier, could it?

Serve this flavor-packed dish over rice and maybe a loaf of crusty french bread and you've got a great meal.

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Spicy Shrimp and Scallops

Light and healthy Spicy Shrimp and Scallops - an easy-to-make dish loaded with juicy shrimp, plump scallops, sweet peppers and tomatoes cooked in a simmering sauce.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion , chopped
  • 1 red pepper , diced (seeds and stem removed)
  • 1 yellow pepper , diced (seeds and stem removed)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 28 ounce can tomatoes , diced
  • 1 pound shrimp , shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound bay scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes (add more if you want it more spicy)


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the chopped onion and diced peppers and cook over medium heat, stirring until softened, 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes more.
  • Pour in the contents of the can of diced tomatoes along with the juices.
  • Add the shrimp and scallops to the pan.
  • Stir in the salt, oregano, smoked paprika and chili flakes.
  • Taste and add extra salt if needed.
  • Serve over rice or pasta.

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15 thoughts on “Spicy Shrimp and Scallops Recipe”

  1. Shrimp and scallops together are a favorite of mine. I love that you made them spicy…yum!

  2. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    Ooh, I love shrimp and spicy food, and you know I love quick and easy. This looks delicious!

  3. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

    I could eat shrimp every night! I totally need to add this to my menu!

  4. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

    I have not seen scallops used like this before and I love it. I will be visiting my brother and his family and will have to make this for them.

  5. Nora @ Savory Nothings

    I’m so desperate for easy dinner recipes right now! My baby thinks it’s her obligation to check in on everything I’m doing so I rarely ever have both hands free to cook 😀 I love how you combined shrimp and scallops! Sounds like a lovely combo with all the other flavors going on.

  6. Healing Tomato

    5 stars
    This looks like such an easy dish to make. It is so perfect for summer picnics.

  7. Lauren @ Wicked Spatula

    This sounds wonderful and so easy! Definitely trying this the next time I catch scallops on sale!

  8. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Shrimp is probably the only seafood I cook with because it is so easy to work with. My husband will love this recipe!

  9. Kate @ Diethood

    OH man, that sounds so, so good! I love all that saucy-ness. 😀 Shrimp is my easy dinner go-to, as well! Cooks fast, tastes amazing, and everyone is happy.

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