Easy Scallop Scampi

Hot sizzling Easy Scallop Scampi, a fabulous quickie main course to serve with all your favorite side dishes.

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I know, I know…

All winter you resolved to spend more time making home-cooked meals. However that resolve tends to go right out the window the moment the weather warms up.

It’s hard to stay motivated to cook this time of year, even for me.

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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.

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Well, that’s exactly what I have for you today… A super fast and Easy Scallop Scampi recipe that pairs well with salads, grilled veggies, rice, pasta or anything else you decide to whip up on the side.

Just be warned, the scallops will most definitely be the show-stopper on the table!

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To make this Easy Scallop Scampi, 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.

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 scallops overcook, they turn rubbery.

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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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This Easy Scallop Scampi 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.

Easy Scallop Scampi 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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Easy Scallop Scampi

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Hot sizzling Easy Scallop Scampi, a fabulous quickie main course to serve with all your favorite side dishes.
Servings: 4
Nutrition Facts
Easy Scallop Scampi
Amount Per Serving (8 ounces)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 285mg 12%
Potassium 123mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Vitamin C 4.2%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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  7. Jesposted February 14, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply

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

  8. Robert Mposted June 17, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

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

  9. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted June 15, 2016 at 5:06 pm Reply

    What a great way to enjoy scallops!

  10. Gaby Dalkinposted June 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Golden brown beauties! These look so amazing, Sommer! 

  11. namiposted June 15, 2016 at 11:27 am Reply

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

  12. Mariaposted June 15, 2016 at 11:14 am Reply

    Love the lemon and garlic combo!

  13. Marla Meridithposted June 15, 2016 at 11:05 am Reply

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

  14. Heather Christoposted June 15, 2016 at 11:02 am Reply

    Looks just delicious Sommer!

  15. Julie @ Table for Twoposted June 15, 2016 at 10:44 am Reply

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