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Simply Seared Scallops

Rated as 4.85 out of 5 Stars

"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
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 2.7 18 39 320 Full nutrition

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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.

No changes and it’s fantastic!

Easy and delicious! I have used the same recipe from another site (except it does not use lemon). I like it better without the lemon while cooking. I can get a better sear quicker. If I want a l...

oh my goodness. this was so good. Going to make it again.

Perfect basic technique. Make sure scallops are dry. I added some fresh Rosemary to the initial oil heating. Loved them!

I used bay scallops and just sauteed them in a wok! Came out amazing!! Add Old Bay Seasoning!

This is a quick and easy way to make scallops. We all loved them and I am not much of a seafood person. Perfect.

They turn out fantastic. My house has become their new favorite restaurant. THANKS!