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Garlic Lemon Butter Seared Scallops

Elevate your culinary prowess with our Garlic Lemon Butter Seared Scallops—a dish that embodies the perfect balance of simplicity and sophistication. Succulent scallops are kissed by the rich flavors of garlic, brightened with a touch of lemon, and finished with a velvety buttery sauce. This recipe transforms an ordinary evening into a gourmet affair, bringing the elegance of a fine dining experience to the comfort of your own kitchen.

Exciting Story: The inspiration for this recipe came from a desire to recreate the magic of indulgent restaurant-style scallops at home. The first time we prepared them, it was like a revelation—the sweet and delicate flavor of perfectly seared scallops enhanced by the richness of garlic and the brightness of lemon. Now, searing scallops has become a cherished ritual, turning any meal into a luxurious dining experience.

Why These Scallops Deserve the Spotlight:

Selling Points:

  • Buttery Perfection: The garlic lemon butter sauce envelops each scallop, creating a luscious and indulgent coating that elevates the dish.
  • Perfectly Seared Scallops: Achieve restaurant-quality results with golden-brown seared exteriors and tender, succulent interiors.
  • Effortless Elegance: Impress your guests or simply treat yourself to a touch of gourmet without the need for complicated techniques.
  • Quick and Flavorful: Ready in minutes, this recipe allows you to enjoy a decadent meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

Notes: For the best results, ensure that the scallops are thoroughly patted dry before seasoning and searing. This helps achieve a beautiful sear.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I use frozen scallops?

A: Yes, you can use frozen scallops, but make sure to thaw them completely and pat them dry before seasoning and cooking.

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Q: What is the best way to serve these scallops?

A: These scallops are exquisite on their own, but you can serve them over a bed of pasta, risotto, or with a side of crusty bread to soak up the delicious garlic lemon butter sauce.

Garlic Lemon Butter Seared Scallops

Garlic Lemon Butter Seared Scallops

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  • 1 lb 1 (about 450g) large sea scallops, patted dry

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons 2 olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons 3 unsalted butter

  • 3 cloves 3 garlic, minced

  • Zest of one lemon

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Season the scallops with salt and black pepper on both sides.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Add the scallops to the skillet, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Sear for 1.5 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Remove the scallops from the skillet and set them aside on a plate.
  • In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium. Add butter and minced garlic, sautéing until the garlic becomes fragrant but not browned.
  • Stir in the lemon zest and juice, combining well with the garlic and butter.
  • Return the seared scallops to the skillet, coating them in the garlic lemon butter sauce. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, spooning the sauce over the scallops.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with chopped fresh parsley, and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.

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