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Seared Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops

Have Crispy Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops on your table in less than 10 minutes, coated in a deliciously silky lemon garlic butter sauce! Cheaper than going out to a restaurant and just as good as chef made scallops! They are the ultimate treat!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 254kcal
Author: Karina

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds (600 grams) scallops
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves, minced (or 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  • If scallops are frozen, thaw in cold water. Remove the side muscle from the scallops if attached. Thoroughly pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot and sizzling. Add the scallops in a single layer without over crowding the pan (work in batches if needed). 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and fry for 2-3 minutes on one side (until a golden crust forms underneath), then flip and fry again for 2 minutes until crisp, lightly browned and cooked through (opaque). Remove from skillet and transfer to a plate.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the same pan, scraping up any browned bits left over from the scallops. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant (1 minute).
  • Pour in wine (or broth) and bring to a simmer for 2 minutes or until wine reduces by about half. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter and lemon juice.
  • Remove pan (skillet) from the heat; add the scallops back into the pan to warm through slightly and garnish with parsley. 
  • Serve over rice, pasta, garlic bread or steamed vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini noodles).

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 334mg | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.8mg