Pan-Seared Scallops Recipe

Pan-Seared Scallops are decadent and delicious, yet one of the easiest dinners you'll make! The simple, savory sauce that they are seared in is out-of-this-world delicious!

Pan-Seared Scallops

I can never come up with an answer when asked about my favorite type of seafood. Shrimp, lobster, crab legs, shrimp.. It's all so glorious! And different! There is something so decadent and special about a carefully-made seafood meal. When I see scallops on the menu at a restaurant, I almost always order them. I do not, however, make them very often at home, which needs to change. The tiny bit of effort it takes to make them produces the most delicious results.

Pan-Seared Scallops

Something else I love about seafood is that it is so naturally delicious that it hardly needs any help from seasonings. Butter, salt, pepper, lemon juice and garlic transform delicious scallops into it-tastes-like-you-slaved-over-these scallops.

Pan-Seared Scallops

One important note about this recipe (and any scallop recipe): DO NOT OVERCOOK THEM. Scallops cook very quickly, so 2 minutes per side is all they will need. Overcooked scallops are rubbery and not nearly as enjoyable. Be sure to set a timer as they cook!

Pan-Seared Scallops

I love serving scallops with rice or quinoa, but they taste great with pasta, as well. Cauliflower Mushroom Rice and Roasted Vegetables complement them nicely, as does a nice glass of white wine. I'm salivating over here!

I just perused my archives and found these scallop recipes that I loved, as well! Give them a try!
Grilled Scallops and Veggies
Lemon Butter Sea Scallops

Pan-Seared Scallops
Shrimp, lemon juice, roasted vegetables
Main dish, seafood, scallop
Yield: 4


prep time: cook time: 15 minstotal time: 15 mins

Searing scallops is quick and easy and is a great dinner option any night of the week!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Few splashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 20 sea scallops


  1. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Turn heat to medium-high and add the scallops to the pan (do this in 2 batches, if needed). Sear for 2 minutes per side, making sure not to overcook. Remove from heat and serve with rice or pasta. Pour the sauce from the pan over the tops of the scallops.
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