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Seared Scallops

Cooking delicious scallops has never been easier thanks to this simple seared scallops recipe.

Prep Time

        Prep time: 5 minutes
        Cook time: 10 minutes
        Yield: Serves 2


    •    1 tsp salt
    •    2 tbsps olive oil
    •    1 pound scallops
    •    1 tsp black pepper
    •    2 tbsps lemon juice
    •    fresh basil, as garnish (Optional)
    •    lemon wedges, for serving (Optional)


  1. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel.
  2. Season both sides of the scallops with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the scallops to the pan once the oil is shimmering, then cook them for 3 minutes on each side. Remove the scallops from the pan and pour in the lemon juice.
  5. Deglaze the pan by scraping up any remaining bits.
  6. Pour the pan juice over the scallops.
  7. Garnish the scallops with fresh basil, if desired, and serve with lemon wedges.

This great family recipe is thanks to Tasting Table at


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