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garlic lemon butter seared scallops

Recipe by
Beth Pierce
Ofallon, MO

These scrumptious Garlic Lemon Butter Seared Scallops are honestly the best way to prepare scallops. I have tried other ways and they are good but no comparison to these delicacies. With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes you can cook like a head chef.

yield 2 serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For garlic lemon butter seared scallops

  • 1 1/4 lb
    sea scallops side muscle removed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 clove
    garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice
  • 11/2 Tbsp
    fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

How To Make garlic lemon butter seared scallops

  • 1
    Pat the scallops dry with paper towels and sprinkle with a pinch of salt right before cooking.
  • 2
    Add olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter to a large saute pan over medium high heat. Get the fat good and hot and almost to smoking point. Add scallops and sear for 1 1/2 -2 minutes on each side. They should have a golden crust on each side. Do not overcrowd the pan so if necessary cook in batches. As cooked remove to plate.
  • 3
    Wipe out skillet. Add 2 tablespoons butter to same skillet over low heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant; about 1 minute. Add lemon juice and return scallops to pan. Warm scallops for 1-2 minutes; turning several times to get them in the lemon butter. Sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

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