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Sear Pan Scallops

Cooked in less than 20 minutes, these Seared Scallops come together so quickly and easily. They make for the perfect weeknight dinner as well as for a special occasion. Make this healthy and delicious seared scallops recipe with less than 5 simple ingredients. Your family will want seconds!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Scallops, seared scallops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 173kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Remove the scallops from the fridge about 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking. Place them on a paper towel-lined cutting board and pat them dry with paper towels. Season all sides of the scallops with coarse salt and set aside.
    overhead view of raw scallops on a wooden board
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Let it heat up for about 2 minutes. When the skillet smokes just a bit, it’s a sign that it’s properly heated. Add the scallops in a single layer. Please, don’t over crowd the skillet and if it’s necessary, work in batches.
    overhead view of raw scallops in a cast iron skillet
  • Sear for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove the scallops from the pan and serve. Enjoy!
    closeup of seared scallops

Notes

  • The scallops should be firm and opaque in colour when they're cooked through.
  • Use ghee instead of butter to make this recipe Whole30 and paleo friendly.
  • Make sure the scallops aren't wet when you add them to the skillet so you can get a nice sear.
  • To store: Scallops are best served immediately. If you have leftover, store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat: Gently reheat the scallops on the stovetop so you do not overcook them.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 | Calories: 173kcal | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1053mg | Potassium: 364mg