Pan Seared Scallops with Garlic and Lemon

March 18, 2020

This is a flavorful, healthy scallops recipe that is quick and easy to make!

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins


3 tbsp butter

1 lb scallops, defrosted, patted dry

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 tbsp garlic, diced

1/2 lemon, sliced into half wedges

1/2 cup white wine


1Heat butter in pan on high heat until melted and lightly foaming.

2Pat scallops dry with paper towel and generously season scallops with salt and pepper.

3Add scallops into pan, with space in between so they can crisp.

4After about 4 minutes on one side, flip scallops. They should have a golden crust on the side that was face-down. (If not, increase heat, and let sear a bit more.)

5Add garlic and stir quickly, let lightly brown and become fragrant, do not let burn (about 2-3 minutes).

6Add lemon slices, wine, and stir. When scallops are still springy to the touch, but bright white and opaque and browned on both sides, serve and top with sauce.

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