Best Pan Seared Scallops

Best pan seared scallops

Pan Seared Scallop Recipe:

We love all kinds of seafood and scallops are no exception. Since it was Friday during Lent I thought it was a great idea to make some easy pan seared scallops.

I served these over brown rice with a butter and lemon sauce. Oh! and of course, I used garlic I always like to use garlic when I cook.

What I used to make pan seared scallops:

1-lb. fresh wild sea scallops (25-30)
1/2 cup butter (divided)
1 clove garlic finely chopped
4 tablespoons fresh chives chopped (divided)
1/2 of a lemon and grated rind
Salt and Pepper

easy pan seared scallops
Preparing the scallops:

I used fresh sea scallops not frozen. I rinsed the scallops with cold water and laid them out on some paper towels.

Then I patted them dry the scallops must be completely dry or they won't brown and caramelize.

I seasoned both sides with salt and pepper, and then prepared my skillet.

pan seared scallops recipe

Preparing my Cast Iron Skillet:

I set the skillet on medium heat and added 2-1/4 tablespoons of butter.

Then added the garlic and about 1 tablespoon of the freshly chopped chives.

Then I grated some fresh lemon rind right into the pan while everything was heating up.

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Cooking the scallops:

Now I turned the heat up to the high setting and began cooking the scallops.

I didn't want to crowd the scallops in the pan so I only cooked 9 or 10 at a time.

I seared the scallops for exactly 2 minutes per side until both sides were nice and brown.

While I was searing the scallops I had the brown rice boiling. After the rice was finished and the scallops were seared I made my lemon butter sauce.

I added the remaining butter, grated more lemon rind, and one more tablespoon of the fresh chopped chives into the hot skillet.

Then I squeezed the juice of 1/2 of a fresh lemon into the pan and stirred this around for about 15 seconds then removed the pan from the heat.

I placed the scallops over a bed of the brown rice poured some lemon butter sauce over the top and then garnished with fresh chopped chives. This turned out to be just a perfect meal for us on a Friday night. Serve this with a nice glass of your favorite white wine.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

Kitchen tools I used to make these perfect pan seared scallops


  1. I think I could eat this meal just about every day of every week. Love the way you used the fresh lemon - yum! I'm simply going to have to splurge on some fresh scallops very soon. Thanks for sharing another winning recipe, Sam!

    1. They were really good Susan and the the fresh lemon made for perfect butter sauce. Thanks and have a great week :)

  2. Pinning for future use. Looks and sounds delicious!

    1. I sure hope you enjoy them Susan, these made a perfect meal! Thanks have a great week :)

  3. These scallops look so delicious, they even tempt me and I am allergic to seafood. However, my husband and son love seafood so I will gladly share you recipe with them.

    1. I hope they enjoy them. They were really delicious and I can't wait to make them again. Thanks Cynthia :)

  4. Scallops rank up there on my all time favorite list. Yours look delicious!

    1. One of my favorites too Carlee. These were really delicious. Thanks and have a great week!

  5. That looks delicious! I may try it soon.

    1. I hope hope you enjoy the Barbara. Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. one of my favorites, Sam.

  7. These look lovely. I'm not a garlic guy, so I'd leave that out. I'd love to have scallops turn out this delicious-looking.

  8. Looks absolutely delicious! Sharing this recipe right away with my son and family, who LOVE scallops. I'm sure my son will be sharing the dish with his neighbor who also loves scallops.

  9. I think my culinary experiences have been pretty limited but these look like something delicious to try.

  10. I love scallops they are onw of my favorites dishes and since my birthday is coming up I have to save this one for my husband.


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