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Garlic Butter Scallop Bowls

The butteriest, garlicky scallops ever! It just melts in your mouth! Served with the best cilantro lime rice + pico de gallo!

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 20 minutes
    •    Cook time: 25 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    1 pound scallops
    •    Juice of 1/2 lemon
    •    3 cloves garlic, minced
    •    3 tbsps unsalted butter, divided
    •    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    •    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the cilantro lime rice:

    •    2 tbsps butter
    •    Juice of 1 lime
    •    2 tbsps pine nuts
    •    2/3 cup white long grain rice
    •    1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

For the pico de gallo:

    •    Juice of 1 lime
    •    1/4 cup diced red onion
    •    2 Roma tomatoes, diced
    •    2 tbsps chopped fresh cilantro leaves
    •    1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced, optional
    •    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. To make the cilantro lime rice, cook rice according to package instructions. Stir in cilantro, butter, pine nuts and lime juice until butter has melted, about 1-2 minutes; set aside.

  2. To make the pico de gallo, combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.

  4. Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry.

  5. Season scallops with salt and pepper, to taste. Working in batches, add scallops to the skillet in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and translucent in the center, about 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside and keep warm.

  6. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  7. Serve scallops immediately with cilantro lime rice and pico de gallo, drizzled with garlic butter mixture.

This great family recipe is thanks to Damn-Delicious Recipes at


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