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Lemon-Scallop Rice Cakes

  • Prep Time 0:15
  • Cook Time 0:08
  • Estimated Cost $12.00

When you think of rice cakes, you likely think of the Styrofoam-like disks that are so wonderful for holding a smear of peanut butter, jelly or hummus. But the lunchtime staple made so popular in the 1970’s is entirely different from this dish, which showcases chewy short-grain rice and fresh scallops. While scallops are usually an expensive treat, this dish is a great way to stretch their fresh taste and lovely texture. The bright flavors of lemon and parsley go a long way to make this dish light yet satisfying.


  • 1 cup short grain rice $1
  • 1/4 lb large sea scallops $6
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped finely $1
  • zest and juice of one lemon $0.50
  • 4 scallions, sliced $1
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced $1
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt $1.50
  • 2 tbsp olive oil Pantry
  • salt and pepper to taste Pantry

Recipe Serves 2


  1. Cook the rice according to directions. Transfer into a medium bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Chop the scallops into 1/2 inch pieces. Combine the scallops, parsley scallions, lemon zest, onion, and a pinch each of salt and pepper with the cooled, cooked rice until well-incorporated.
  3. Wet your hands with water (to prevent sticking) and form the mixture into 6 3-4 inch patties. Set on a clean plate or cutting board.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side, allowing a crisp, golden-brown crust to develop on both sides. Divide the patties between 2 plates.
  5. Whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the top of the patties. Garnish with additional lemon and parsley if desired.

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lo, on Apr 14, 01:42 PM, wrote:

Have been avoiding scallops, since dry packed are best for searing. But, this solves the “soggy” scallop issue. Will have to try this with some (cheaper) scallops!

casey, on Jul 2, 09:48 AM, wrote:

What other things would you serve with these rice cakes? A green salad?

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rice cakes

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