Easy Pan-Seared Scallops

Posted: August 24

Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

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Ever been intimidated by the thought of cooking scallops? It seems like it should be the exclusive domain of top-tier chefs. But Easy Pan-Seared Scallops shows that anyone can make this seafood treat! In just 10 minutes, you can whip up tender, buttery, juicy scallops with a delicious golden jacket. It’s such a (sea)breeze to make, you’ll wonder what worried you in the first place. Easy Pan-Seared Scallops pair well with fresh green salads and lemon potatoes.


• 1/2 pound sea scallops • salt, to taste • pepper, to taste • 1 tablespoon avocado oil • 2 tablespoons butter


Step 1

Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Pat the scallops very dry with a paper towel.

Step 3

Sprinkle the scallops with salt and pepper to season.

Step 4

When the pan is hot, add the oil.

Step 5

Once the oil is hot, drop in the scallops, giving them enough room in between so they don't steam each other. The scallops should make a sizzling noise when they are dropped in the pan.

Step 6

Cook the scallops for 2 minutes, making sure not to move them or touch them at all.

Step 7

Flip the scallops over with a pair of tongs, and add the butter to the pan.

Step 8

Let the scallops cook until cooked to 145 degrees F, about 1 minute, basting the scallops with the butter throughout.

Step 9

Remove the scallops from the pan.

Step 10


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