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Seared scallops in a lemon garlic sauce with fresh parsley.

Seared Scallops with Garlic Butter

These seared scallops are large sea scallops that are cooked until golden brown and caramelized, then finished off with a garlic butter sauce. A quick and easy dinner option that can be on the table in 20 minutes!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 206kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 1/4 pounds sea scallops preferably fresh dry packed scallops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon chopped fresh herbs plus more for garnish
  • lemon wedges for garnish


  • Pat the scallops dry on both sides with a paper towel. Season the scallops on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over high heat until it's just smoking. Add the scallops in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Remove the scallops from the pan. Melt the butter in the pan.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the lemon juice and herbs.
  • Return the scallops to the pan. Spoon the sauce over the top. Garnish with herbs and lemon wedges, then serve immediately.



Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 291mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg