How to Sear Scallops

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seared scallops garnished with herbs
Photo by Kathy Maister is marked with CC BY 2.0

Rich and buttery in the center with a delicious outer crust, seared scallops are a mouthwatering culinary delight. Surprisingly simple to prepare, this dish is equally easy and elegant, making it a great option to prepare for special dinners or celebrations. 

Serve them alone as an appetizer or pair with some simple side dishes for the main event – regardless of when they’re served, seared scallops are sure to be savored. 

We recommend beginning with the freshest ingredients, like our Fresh Atlantic Sea scallops. Sourced from the Maine coastline, these top-quality scallops are rich in natural flavor, making them perfect for a simple preparation. 

With scallops in hand, and a few extra ingredients in tow, you can prepare seared scallops in just a few minutes flat. 

To begin, gather your ingredients: 

Ingredients for Seared Scallops: 

(Serves 4) 
  • 1-2 lbs. of Fresh Atlantic Sea Scallops (defrosted) 
  • Canola Oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black Pepper (to taste) 
  • Salted Butter
  • Fresh Herbs, such as parsley (optional, for garnish) 
  • 1-2 fresh lemons, cut in wedges (optional, for serving)
  1. With defrosted scallops on hand, and your ingredients gathered, you’re ready to begin cooking! 
  2. Remove defrosted scallops from their packaging and pat dry with a paper towel. Removing any excess moisture will aid in the browning of the scallop, resulting in that delicious outer crust. 
  3. Next, preheat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. 
  4. Add some canola oil and let heat for a few minutes. You want the scallops to sizzle when they enter the pan. 
  5. Once the oil is hot, add scallops to the pan, leaving a few inches of space between each scallop. Overcrowding the pan will steam the scallops instead of searing them. Cook scallops in batches if necessary. 
  6. Let the scallops cook for 2 minutes, untouched.  Flip and let cook for another 1-2 minutes. 
  7. While scallops are cooking on the second side, add butter and let melt. Spoon over the scallops as they finish cooking. 
  8. Once cooked, you’ll notice a brown outer crust and opaque center. Cooked scallops should have an internal temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  9. Serve seared scallops hot with a garnish of fresh herbs and lemon, enjoy! 

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seared scallops garnished with herbs

Seared Scallops

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 lbs fresh Atlantic Sea Scallops (defrosted)
  • canola oil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • salted butter
  • fresh herbs, such as parsley (optional, for garnish)
  • 1-2 fresh lemons, cut in wedges (optional, for serving)

Instructions
 

  • With defrosted scallops on hand, and your ingredients gathered, you’re ready to begin cooking
  • Remove defrosted scallops from their packaging and pat dry with a paper towel. Removing any excess moisture will aid in the browning of the scallop, resulting in that delicious outer crust
  • Next, preheat a large frying pan over medium-high heat
  • Add some canola oil and let heat for a few minutes. You want the scallops to sizzle when they enter the pan
  • Once the oil is hot, add scallops to the pan, leaving a few inches of space between each scallop. Overcrowding the pan will steam the scallops instead of searing them. Cook scallops in batches if necessary
  • Let the scallops cook for 2 minutes, untouched. Flip and let cook for another 1-2 minutes
  • While scallops are cooking on the second side, add butter and let melt. Spoon over the scallops as they finish cooking
  • Once cooked, you’ll notice a brown outer crust and opaque center. Cooked scallops should have an internal temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Serve seared scallops hot with a garnish of fresh herbs and lemon, enjoy!

Notes

*Photo by Kathy Maister is marked with CC BY 2.0