Lightly breaded sea scallops cooked in the air fryer with the same results as deep frying, but without the nasty smell or mess!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F (198 degrees C).

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  • Mix cracker crumbs, garlic powder, and seafood seasoning together in a shallow bowl. Place melted butter in a second shallow bowl.

  • Dip each scallop in the melted butter and then roll in the breading until completely coated. Set on a plate and repeat with the remaining scallops.

  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Arrange scallops in the prepared basket so that they are not touching each other; you may need to work in batches.

  • Cook in the preheated air fryer for 2 minutes. Turn scallops over gently with a small spatula and cook until opaque, about 2 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; protein 16.6g; carbohydrates 13.7g; fat 17.6g; cholesterol 69.3mg; sodium 589.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2020
This is a simple, straightforward recipe. What makes it good or bad, is your choice of scallops. The secret is to use 'dry' scallops and not 'wet' scallops - I won't even mention bay scallops. Wet scallops have been soaked in phosphates to increase their weight. If the scallops are bright white when raw, they're wet. Wet scallops won't brown as well, won't hold breading, they'll shrink while cooking, and their taste is inferior to fresh dry scallops. Raw dry scallops will have a tan or vanilla color. In many parts of the country, dry scallops are nowhere to be found. But, if you can find them, they are very much worth the extra cost per pound! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2020
Jeff is totally correct...use only DRY scallops. don't waste your money on wet no matter how BIG they look ( all water). don't know where Jeff is but here in New England we have many seafood stores with DRY scallops. guess we are lucky. also noticed they did not brown and breading has a hard time staying on when using the air fryer but the air fryer is wonderful Read More
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2020
This is a simple, straightforward recipe. What makes it good or bad, is your choice of scallops. The secret is to use 'dry' scallops and not 'wet' scallops - I won't even mention bay scallops. Wet scallops have been soaked in phosphates to increase their weight. If the scallops are bright white when raw, they're wet. Wet scallops won't brown as well, won't hold breading, they'll shrink while cooking, and their taste is inferior to fresh dry scallops. Raw dry scallops will have a tan or vanilla color. In many parts of the country, dry scallops are nowhere to be found. But, if you can find them, they are very much worth the extra cost per pound! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/24/2020
this was a complete fail. the scallops were mushy and wouldn't turn crispy even with higher heat and/or longer time. and no matter how carefully you try to turn them over or remove them from the air fryer, the coating just falls off. I was seriously disappointed with this recipe! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/09/2020
Tasted ok, but not at at all what I was looking forward to. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2020
Only dry scallops as previously mentioned. We loved this simple recipe. Living on the Maine coast I can easily get sea scallops fresh and this week our grocery store sold them for $8.99 a pound so we enjoyed them twice! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2020
Jeff is totally correct...use only DRY scallops. don't waste your money on wet no matter how BIG they look ( all water). don't know where Jeff is but here in New England we have many seafood stores with DRY scallops. guess we are lucky. also noticed they did not brown and breading has a hard time staying on when using the air fryer but the air fryer is wonderful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2021
Followed recipe except I used panko bread crumbs. Came out crispy and perfectly done. Also doubled the garlic powder and Bay seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2021
I thought this was a delicious recipe. I don’t know why all the negative feedback. I dried the scallops really well by blotting them with paper towels before dipping and breading them. I used more than the one tablespoon of butter for dipping in. Will definitely do again. Read More
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