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seared scallops on a black plate
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Best Ever Seared Scallops

Pan seared scallops are quite simple once you learn the trick to cooking them perfectly, and they only take 5 minutes to cook!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Scallops, seared scallops
Servings: 4
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Jordan

Equipment

Ingredients

Scallops

  • 1 pound large sea scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Parsley Butter

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1.5 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
    drying scallops with a paper towel
  • Heat a large non-stick pan with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of butter on high heat. When the pan is hot, add the scallops and cook for 3-4 minutes undisturbed. When the scallops are mostly opaque, flip them and add the remaining 1 tbsp of butter, and cook for 1 minute undisturbed until they are completely opaque. Remove the scallops from the pan and transfer to a large plate tented with foil to keep them warm.
    cooking scallops in a pan
  • Reduce the heat to low and melt 3 tbsps of butter with 1.5 tbsps of chopped parsley. Spoon the parsley butter over the scallops and serve hot.
    drying scallops with a paper towel

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Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 232mg