Yield: 4
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Keyword easy scallops recipe, scallops, scallops recipe, seared scallops, seared scallops recipe

Seared Scallops Recipe

Total Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Seared scallops make a simple, yet elegant meal. Tender, buttery and delicious, these scallops are ready in 15 minutes! Served with a delicious pan sauce!

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  • 1 pound large sea scallops
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the pan sauce: (optional)

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 medium shallot finely diced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse scallops to remove any potential grit and drain well. Pat both sides of scallops dry with paper towels.
  2. Heat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add butter and olive oil into heated skillet and allow butter to melt.
  3. Add scallops to the skillet in a single layer, taking care to leave plenty of room between each scallop. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes and then gently turn scallop with tongs or a small spatula to sear the second side for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until the scallop is firm to the touch and well-browned.
  4. Remove the scallops from the skillet to a serving platter and keep warm.
  5. For the pan sauce:
  6. Allow the skillet to cool slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the dry white wine or chicken stock to deglaze the skillet. Using a wooden spoon or whisk, scrap up any browned bits that have formed as the scallops were cooking. Add butter, shallot, and garlic to the white wine, stirring constantly. Cook about 3 minutes, until the shallots have become tender and translucent. Remove the skillet from heat and spoon the pan sauce over the scallops or serve in a separate bowl.
Nutrition Facts
Seared Scallops Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 541mg 23%
Potassium 248mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 2.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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