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Simply Seared Scallops

Stephanie Karek

"This simple recipe uses minimal ingredients in order to highlight the delicious flavor of the sea scallop! Garnish with a drizzle of balsamic and chopped fresh basil."
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9 m servings 170 cals
Original recipe yields 3 servings (12 scallops)

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  1. Pat sea scallops dry with paper towels. Season with some lemon juice, salt, and pepper on one side.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over high heat. Place scallops in the skillet seasoned-side down. Cook until browned on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Season with remaining lemon juice, salt, and pepper; flip. Continue cooking until opaque, about 2 minutes more. Garnish with lemon zest.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Make sure the scallops are dry; they will sear better. Also, once the scallops are placed in the pan, do not move them until it is time to flip them over. Again this keeps a good sear.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 170 calories; 9.3 g fat; 2.7 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 39 mg cholesterol; 320 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The key to a good sear is to get the skillet really hot. I like to put the pan on med/high heat for two-three minutes before adding the oil, I used Avocado as it has a higher smoke point, then a...

Delicious. A quick and simple recipe. I garnished with a side of pasta with lemon butter sauce and asparagus.

I did add a little capers because lemon, butter, and capers are a go to for me with any seafood.