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Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops

Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops

5 from 1 vote
Created by Mariam E.
Is there anything better than getting a delicious meal on your plate in 15 minutes? Like seriously, I love those kinds of meals because it makes life so much easier! Yes, I am basically saying you can have these super delicious Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops on your plate in 15 minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 2 lbs. sea scallops thawed and patted dry
  • 2 tbsps. butter
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsps. lemon juice


  • Thaw and pat dry the sea scallops. Allow to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  • Mince the garlic and chop the parsley.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and add in the olive oil and butter.
  • Add in the scallops and pan sear each side for 2 minutes without moving.
  • Add in the garlic and parsley and cook for another minute and half.
  • Remove the skillet from heat, drizzle some lemon juice on the scallops and serve.


  • If possible, consider buying dry packed scallops, this means natural scallops that have not been treated with phosphates.
  • Keep an eye on the scallops. Be sure to monitor your scallops because if they are overcooked, they will be rubbery and chewy.
  • Add in the scallops without over crowding the pan because over crowding will create more water and cause the scallops to boil rather than sear.
  • Add some chili flakes, near the end of the sear, if you want a spicy kick!
  • If the pan doesn't fit all your scallops, you can cook them in two batches and return them back in when it's time to add the garlic and butter. 
  • Don't move around the scallops while they cook.When searing these Garlic Buter Scallops, you do not want to move the scallops for 2 minutes without moving them so they can obtain a crunchy crust on the outside.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1183mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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