Simply Seared Scallops


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.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
9 mins
12 scallops


  • 12 sea scallops, tough muscles removed

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  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
9g Fat
3g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 320mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 349mg 7%

* 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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