Seared scallops are a simple, elegant recipe that never fails to impress.
They are often seen on menus and served with risotto, long-grain brown rice, or even on a bed of sautéed spinach. This one-pan wonder comes together in mere minutes, and with just a few ingredients, too.
An Easy Entree
We love this recipe because even a home chef can cook a gourmet meal. They aren’t hard to make, you just want to be sure that you don’t overcook them!
While bacon wrapped scallops are great for an appetizer, these elegant scallops are the perfect main dish.
Scallops are lovely on their own with a mild buttery flavor so this recipe keeps the sauce very simple.
I most often use frozen scallops because that’s what is easily available. You can find them in the seafood section or the frozen foods section at almost any grocery. I find that wholesale clubs (Sams/Costco) have the best prices for large frozen scallops.
Ingredients and Variations
SCALLOPS Fresh sea scallops are the stars of this recipe (don’t use bay scallops, they’re more suited to pasta sauces or chowders)! Use fresh or frozen, whatever you have on hand.
If your scallops are frozen, be sure to thaw them in the fridge and drain them well. If they’re too wet, they won’t get a good sear.
SAUCE A bit of butter, garlic, and white wine to make a light sauce that complements the scallops. Adding a little cream will make a thicker richer sauce.
How to Sear Scallops
Scallops might seem like a complicated dish to prepare, but there’s really nothing to it!
- Pat scallops dry. Season scallops with salt & pepper (per recipe below).
- Heat oil in a skillet and once very hot, add scallops. Do not move or stir them.
- Let scallops cook 2 minutes until browned, flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
Once the scallops are seared, remove them from the pan right away so they stop cooking (don’t overcook). Cook the sauce in the pan while the scallops rest.
Tips & Tricks
- Bay scallops are the very small scallops that are mostly served in seafood chowders or on cold salads. Select sea scallops which are about the size of a walnut.
- Thaw in the refrigerator, drain liquid once thawed. Dab the scallops dry before cooking.
- Sear at a high temperature to get a nice crust without overcooking.
- Use oil for searing, butter will burn. The butter is added after for the sauce.
- Once added to the pan do not move the scallops. Let them sit to get a nice sear.
What to Serve with Seared Scallops
So many favorite sides go perfectly with seared scallops.
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