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Lemon Buttered Seared Scallops

Prep Time

        Prep time: 25 minutes
        Cook time: 30 minutes
        Yield: Serves 4


    •    1 tbsp olive oil
    •    1/2 tsps kosher salt
    •    1/4 cup dry white wine
    •    1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    •    freshly ground black pepper
    •    1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
    •    2 tbsps compound lemon butter
    •    1 pound dry sea scallops (about 12 - 15 scallops), side muscles removed

For Compound Lemon Butter:

    •    1/4 tsp kosher salt
    •    1 tbsps lemon zest plus 2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
    •    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature


  1. Place the scallops on a paper towel-lined sheet tray and pat dry. Sprinkle the scallops with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat a large nonstick saute pan on medium-high heat, then add the oil and heat until shimmering. Add the scallops and sear on one side until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Gently turn the scallops over and add the Lemon Butter, basting the scallops by gently spooning the melting butter over the top, for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the wine and lemon juice and allow the scallops to simmer until they are cooked through, another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the scallops to a platter and sprinkle with the chives.
  4. For Compound Lemon Butter: Combine the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt in a medium bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon the butter onto the lower third of a piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap over the butter and use a spatula to compress the butter into a log about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. Twist both ends of the plastic wrap to seal the butter inside. Refrigerate the butter until firm, at least 30 minutes, before using.

NOTE: The butter can be stored in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer for up to 2 weeks or in the fridge for about 1 week.

This great family recipe is thanks to Food Network at


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