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Perfect 10-Minute Seared Scallops Recipe With Garlic Butter & Lemon | Seafood

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How many times have we watched Gordon Ramsay tell a Hell’s Kitchen contestant that they ruined the scallops? Don’t let that intimidate you! Scallops are not hard to cook and are a quick seafood ingredient to add to the rotation.

The scallops have six simple ingredients: scallops, butter, garlic, white wine, lemon juice and parsley. And with a 10-minute cooking time, they are the perfect weeknight dinner, but elegant enough for a dinner party. 

Buttery, lemony and garlicy, these scallops melt in your mouth! Serve this easy seared scallops recipe with rice, pasta or potatoes to soak up some of that lemony sauce. Add a vegetable and/or a salad and you’ve got a chef-approved meal.

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Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds scallops, rinsed and patted dry
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup white wine 
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

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Recipe Notes

  • Try this recipe using fresh, cleaned shrimp.
  • You can substitute chicken broth, seafood or vegetable broth for the white wine.

Here’s how to make it: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the scallops with salt and pepper. Add the scallops in a single layer (don’t crowd the pan). Cook about 2 minutes on the first side or until golden. Flip the scallops over and cook another 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove to a plate.
  2. Melt the butter in the same skillet. Stir to remove any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the wine and simmer about 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Add the lemon juice. 
  3. Turn the heat off and put the scallops back into the pan. Garnish with the parsley. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 258

Total Fat: 16.6g

Saturated Fat: 6.7g

Cholesterol: 60mg

Sodium: 250mg

Total Carbohydrate: 4.8g

Dietary Fiber: 0.3g

Total Sugars: 0.4g

Protein: 19.6g

Vitamin D: 6mcg

Calcium: 44mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 432mg

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