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How to make Seared Scallops

This is a very easy and flavourful seafood dinner. Scallops are so tasty with their slightly sweet flavor and tender/delicate texture. So many people love to order them in the restaurant but completely scared to cook them at home.

Seared scallops are incredibly easy to make at home and insanely delicious. Learn how to make seared scallops right here with a few simple tips. Ten minutes is all you need to make restaurant quality (and even better) scallops.

Prep Time

        Prep time: 5 minutes
        Cook time: 5 minutes
        Yield: Serves 2


    •    salt
    •    black pepper
    •    2 tbsps olive oil
    •    1 lb. dry sea scallops
    •    3 garlic cloves smashed and minced
    •    2 tbsps unsalted butter sliced into smaller pieces


    •    1/2 tbsp minced parsley
    •    2 tsps fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Rinse off scallops with cold water and pat each one dry with a paper towel. If there are any scallops that have the side muscle attached, simply remove it. (Side muscle cooks tough and it’s unpleasant to eat.)
  2. Season scallops with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Preheat a cooking pan first over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and let it heat through until you start to see a little smoke (it should take less than a minute).
  4. Place scallops into the skillet but leave some room in between each one. To ensure a nice sear, don't overcrowd them.
  5. Do not move or touch them until ready to flip. Add butter slices around the skillet and let it melt as scallops cook.
  6. Sear scallops for about 2 minutes (a few seconds more or a few seconds less depending on the size).
  7. Flip each scallop in the same order as you put them in. Add minced garlic all around the pan too and let it cook. You can gently shake the pan to spread the garlic.
  8. Let scallops sear for another 1.5-2 minutes and take them out of the pan.
  9. Spoon some of the butter from the pan over the scallops.
  10. Optional: a few seconds before scallops are ready, add parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice to the pan and gently shake the pan to mix.

This great family recipe is thanks to Will Cook For Smiles at


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