Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops


In this simple scallop recipe, large sea scallops are sautéed in butter and garlic and served with a lemon-butter sauce. They will melt in your mouth!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • ¾ cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 pounds large sea scallops

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon pepper


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook for a few seconds until fragrant.

  2. Arrange scallops in a single layer in the skillet; cook until golden brown on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn scallops over using tongs and continue cooking until firm and opaque, about 2 minutes more. Transfer scallops to a platter, reserving butter in the skillet.

  3. Whisk lemon juice, salt, and pepper into butter; pour sauce over scallops to serve.

    close up view of garlic-lemon scallops on a white plate
    David West

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

408 Calories
24g Fat
9g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 988mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 635mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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