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Garlic Butter Scallops with Watermelon Salsa

These scallops are covered in a refreshing, crisp, watermelon salsa. It’s slightly sweet, a little spicy and the perfect crunch on top of the buttery scallops!

Prep Time

        Prep time: 15 minutes
        Prep time: 15 minutes
        Yield: Serves 4


    •    salt and pepper
    •    1 pound sea scallops
    •    3 garlic cloves minced
    •    4 tbsps unsalted butter
    •    jasmine rice, for serving
    •    pinch crushed red pepper flakes

For Watermelon Salsa:

    •    salt and pepper
    •    1 small shallot, diced
    •    1 1/2 cups diced watermelon
    •    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    •    1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
    •    2 to 3 tbsps freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel. Season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter. Once melted, stir in the garlic and the pepper flakes. Add the scallops in a single layer, making sure not to crowd the pan. You may need to do this in two batches. Cook the scallops until they are opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Don’t cook longer or they will be too tough!
  3. Serve the scallops topped with the watermelon salsa. I love to serve these with jasmine rice too. However, if you’re having a dinner party or making them as an appetizer, they are great on their own with the salsa. As a great accompaniment to surf and turf!
  4. For Watermeloin Salsa: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir. I like to make this first so the flavors can marry together. You can also store leftovers in the fridge.

This great family recipe is thanks to HOW SWEET EATS at


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