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Pan Seared Scallops Recipe

This Sea Scallops Recipe is from Alton Brown
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: scallops
Servings: 2
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Dan from Platter Talk


  • 1 to 1 1/4 pounds dry pack sea scallops approximately 16
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry.
  • Add the butter and oil to a 12 to 14-inch saute pan on high heat. Salt and pepper the scallops. Once the fat begins to smoke, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other. Sear the scallops for 1 1/2 minutes on each side. The scallops should have a 1/4-inch golden crust on each side while still being translucent in the center. Serve immediately.



Drying the scallops (with paper towels) is critical when searing.
Warm serving plates in the oven to preserve and maintain the heat of the entrée.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 889mg | Potassium: 464mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.9mg