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Pan Seared Sea Scallops

You can make restaurant quality scallops right at home! This simple recipe for Pan Seared Sea Scallops only needs a few ingredients and is a show stopper. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 218 kcal



  • 20 jumbo sea scallops
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan you are using
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of butter


  • Place scallops between two paper towels and gently pat dry. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a skillet large enough to fit all of the scallops without over crowding them, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, lay the scallops in gently. Cook 2 minutes per side.
  • Add the butter to the skillet. As it melts spoon it over the scallops. Remove the scallops to a platter and serve.




Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 3.7gProtein: 25.2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2.9gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 553mgFiber: 0.1g
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Keywords: scallops, seafood, seared scallops