Apr 8, 2024, 9:21 PM IST

Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon Butter Recipe

Kelly Robinson

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1. Prepare the Scallops 

Start by patting the scallops dry with paper towels. Moisture on the surface of the scallops can prevent them from achieving a good sear, so ensure they are as dry as possible. 

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2. Season 

Season both sides of the scallops generously with salt and pepper. This will enhance their flavor. 

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3. Preheat Pan 

Place a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of olive oil to the pan and let it heat up until it starts to shimmer. You want the pan to be hot before adding the scallops. 

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4. Sear the Scallops 

Carefully place the scallops in the hot pan, making sure they are not overcrowded. Allow them to cook without moving them for about 2-3 minutes until a golden crust forms on the bottom. Be patient; this is crucial for a good sear. 

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5. Flip the Scallops 

Once the scallops have developed a golden crust on one side, use a pair of tongs to flip them over. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side until they are opaque and cooked through. Be careful not to overcook them, as they can become rubbery. 

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6. Prepare Lemon Butter Sauce 

While the scallops are cooking, prepare the lemon butter sauce. Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic if desired and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  

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7. Plate the Scallops 

Once the scallops are cooked, transfer them to a serving plate. Pour the lemon butter sauce over the scallops, making sure to coat them evenly. 

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8. Garnish and Serve 

Garnish the scallops with freshly chopped parsley for a pop of color and freshness. Serve immediately while hot, with additional lemon wedges on the side if desired. Enjoy your delicious pan-seared scallops with lemon butter sauce! 

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