Seared Scallops (Gluten-free)

Seared Scallops

Prep Time 5 mins // Cook Time 10 mins // Total Time 15 mins


And, if you are wondering if the author of the source for the recipe is correct, absolutely. They were both easy to do, and delicious!


  • 1 ½ lbs Sea Scallops*
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
Garlic butter Sauce (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 - 4 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • 1/2 cup white wine


  1. Pat scallops thoroughly dry all over with paper towels. (If necessary, remove the small side muscle from the scallops.) Season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil and butter. Once hot, add the scallops, spacing them apart so they’re not touching. The oil in the pan should be hot enough that the scallops gently sizzle when added.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes (without touching them), until a golden crust forms on the bottom.
  4. Reduce heat to medium high. Gently flip to the other side and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until golden on bottom and translucent/opaque on the sides.
  5. Scallops cook very quickly, usually in less than 5 minutes, so use the touch test to check for doneness; if they’re done; they should feel firm, with a little bit of bounce.  Err on the side of undercooking them, as you can always add them back the pan to cook longer, if needed. Keep in mind they will continue to cook a little as they rest.

Garlic Butter Sauce: 

  1. Remove cooked scallops from the pan. 
  2. Add 2 tablespoons butter, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add 3-4 cloves garlic, juice from half a lemon, and ¼ cup white wine, chicken or vegetable broth. 
  4. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Serve sauce over scallops. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.


  • Store leftover scallops in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Pro Tips:

  • Don’t overcrowd the pan, so the scallops can get a nice golden crust. You may need to cook them in batches, if your pan is not big enough.
  • Make sure the fat/oil in the pan is hot (but not burned) when adding the scallops. They should sizzle when added.
  • Frozen Scallops: thaw quickly by placing them (in their closed package) in a bowl of ice water, or thaw overnight in the fridge, before using.
  • Scallops: buy fresh scallops from the seafood counter, or frozen scallops but allow them to thaw completely before using. Try to buy “dry” scallops, if possible. Wet scallops have been brined in water and chemicals and may not sear as well as dry scallops will. Also, smell them to check for freshness--they won't have a strong "fishy" odor, if they're fresh.


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