Rating: 4.43 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Pan-seared scallops may seem intimidating to some, but it's really a simple dish to prepare. Sea scallops are amazingly tender, succulent, and mildly flavored, but when you style them up with a flavorful balsamic glaze, they can be a showstopper. They're sophisticated enough for dinner guests, but easy enough for a weeknight dinner.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 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

Instructions Checklist
  • Pat scallops thoroughly with a paper towel to remove excess moisture and ensure a good sear. Combine seafood seasoning, salt, and pepper and use to lightly season both sides of the scallops.

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  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops to the skillet, being careful not to crowd. Cook until golden brown and a crust starts to form, about 3 minutes per side. Cook in batches if necessary to avoid steaming the scallops and be careful not to overcook. Remove from the skillet and cover to keep warm.

  • Add white wine, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom. Cook until glaze is slightly thick and syrupy, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Move scallops to a serving plate, drizzle glaze on top, and garnish with chopped tarragon.

Nutrition Facts

268 calories; protein 30.2g; carbohydrates 7.4g; fat 10.4g; cholesterol 87.6mg; sodium 559.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2020
Loved that it didn't taste too fishy, I have never pan seared scallops before. I will say my daughter loved it which is quite an accomplishment! Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2020
HOLY COW! SO INCREDIBLY GOOD. I never write reviews but I couldn’t stop eating this dish, it’s amazing you need to try this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/01/2020
Loved that it didn't taste too fishy, I have never pan seared scallops before. I will say my daughter loved it which is quite an accomplishment! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2020
No changes, but I doubled the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2020
Everyone loved them. Made for my husband bday. Should have used a different pan for more browning, the non stick pan could have done better. But great flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2020
Made it for my husband. We both loved it and will definitely be making it again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/28/2020
Not a keeper. Will definitely not make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2021
Made this last night for dinner and it was excellent! It was simple to throw together and the end result was very elegant. The cook time is spot on and the glaze complimented the scallops perfectly. 5 star recipe and one that is sure to impress! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2021
I loved it and so did the MRS. Happy wife happy life... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2020
What a beautiful meal. Very quick and easy to make. The presentation is wonderful and the flavor is outstanding.. The sauce reduces very well into a thick consistency, making it wonderfully flavorful. I Heartily recommend the diced tarragon on top. Read More