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Pan Seared Scallops

Pan Seared Scallops Recipe: Sizzling Scallop Scampi is luxurious, yet so easy to make. Serve these pan seared scallops with your favorite side dish. Pair with salad, grilled veggies, rice, or pasta!

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Today I’m serving up a super fast Pan Seared Scallops Recipe that pairs well with salads, grilled veggies, rice, pasta or anything else you decide to whip up on the side.

I know, I know…

It’s hard to stay motivated to cook this time of year, even for me. I want to be outside in the sunshine, now that it doesn’t get dark until after 8 o’clock.

In fact, I don’t even want to think about dinner plans until after 6:30 or 7 pm. That means I need to rely on fast fresh meals that take only minutes to make.

But trust me, these scallops will definitely be the show-stopper on the table!

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Seared Scallop Scampi Ingredients

This truly is a simple and quick recipe that doesn’t need a lot of ingredients. My guess is that the only thing you’ll have to pick up at the store is the scallops!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Colossal Diver Scallops – The main star of this dish. Pick the biggest  freshest scallops you can find.
  • Oil – To keep the protein from sticking to the pan.
  • Butter – For luxurious flavor and a silky texture.
  • Garlic – For herby flavor!
  • Lemon Zest – Fish always goes well with a bit of citrus.
  • Lemon Juice – See above
  • Salt and Pepper – For taste.
  • Parsely – For garnish and color.

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How To Cook Scallops

To make this recipe, start with large fresh scallops. Dry them well and remove the little flap on the side of each scallop. It will turn tough once cooked.

Get a skillet smoking-hot, and brush or rub it with a scant amount of oil to coat the surface.

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Pan Seared Scallops

Then sear the scallops for only 1-2 minutes per side, so that they are caramelized on the flat sides, but just barely cooked through in the center. When overcooked, scallops turn rubbery.

Once cooked, add a little butter, garlic, lemon juice, zest, and parsley, then toss to coat.

Done! Really, that’s all there is to it.

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Side Dishes

This main dish is paired well with a wide variety of sides including salads, rice, pasta, and grilled veggies. Here are some of our favorite recipes to make alongside Pan Seared Scallops.

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Quick and Simple

This Pan Seared Scallops Recipe tastes just as good, if not better than scallops you would order in a restaurant, yet takes only minutes to make.

They are perfect for a quick mid-week dinner, or to serve at a weekend dinner party with friends.

This recipe is a life-saver this time of year. It’s gluten free, packed with flavor, and you only have one pan to wash in the end.

Recipes like this are what keep me cooking all through the spring and summer.

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Pan Seared Scallops

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Pan Seared Scallops: Sizzling and fabulous, serve these pan seared scallops with your favorite side dish. Pair with salad, grilled veggies, rice, or pasta!
Servings: 4


  • 16 “colossal” diver scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper


  • Clean the scallops by removing the loose flap or "foot" on the side. (It will turn tough once cooked.) Then place the scallops on a paper towel to dry. Pat the tops with another paper towel.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Drizzle a scant amount of oil in the skillet and brush it over the surface of the pan. You just want the pan to be lightly coated, not pooling with oil.
  • Once the pan is smoking-hot, place the scallops in the skillet flat-side-down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and allow them to sear for 1-2 minutes. You'll know the scallops are ready to flip when they pull away from the skillet easily, and are caramelized. If they hold tight to the skillet, give them a little longer.
  • Flip the scallops, salt and pepper again, and sear for 1 minute. Then add the butter and garlic to the skillet. Sear another minute, turn off the heat. Add the lemon juice, one pinch of lemon zest, and the parsley. Toss to coat and serve immediately.



Serving: 8ounces, Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 285mg, Potassium: 123mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 260IU, Vitamin C: 3.5mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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24 comments on “Pan Seared Scallops”

  1. I’m not a very good cook but even I could follow this recipe and the scallops came out delicious thanks very much.

  2. Oh these look so good. I can’t wait to make them and try.

  3. Just bookmarked this for when I want to make the hubby a fancy dinner.

  4. This was probably the best recipe for scallops I have ever had! So light, yet filling and packed with flavor!

  5. I’ve never been a huge fan of scallops, but these were really yummy! You totally changed my mind – will definitely be making them again. :D

  6. These scallops turned out perfectly! I love that I only needed to use one pan to make them!

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  15. I’d like to put the scallops over pasta, do you have a suggestion for a sauce? Cream/wine sauce?

  16. I enjoyed the scallop scampi. I will make this again.

  17. What a great way to enjoy scallops!

  18. Golden brown beauties! These look so amazing, Sommer! 

  19. This is my kind of salad! Loving the scallops in it.

  20. Love the lemon and garlic combo!

  21. We LOVE scallops over here! Getting ingredients for this today!

  22. Looks just delicious Sommer!

  23. Scallops are one of my favorite seafoods!! What a great idea!