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Pan Seared Scallops

Ever wondered why you could try to duplicate the restaurant at home but the never came out quite right?  There’s two secrets.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: scallops
Servings: 2
Calories: 333kcal


  • 8 oz sea scallops
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp clarified butter
  • coarse sea salt


  • Soak scallops in a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes. This gets rid of the milky preservative that is usually used. Drain and dry scallops very well. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Heat non-stick pan, and the larger the better. For 8 oz, I recommend at least a 10-inch if not 12-inch skillet. Add olive oil and clarified butter over medium to high heat until the oil/butter just begins to smoke.
  • Add the scallops, salt side down, with plenty of room between each. DO NOT MOVE THE THEM. Let them sear for about 3-5 minutes or until you can see a nice deep golden brown around the bottom edges.
  • At this point, you may lift them with tongs to see how well they have seared. If they are nicely seared, turn and cook for about HALF the time. Scallops should be slightly underdone, and you should see a translucent band in the center; they continue cooking after they are removed from the heat and the key here is not to overcook them. They should feel slightly spongy to the touch.
  • Plate and serve drizzling with the oil/butter that remained in the pan.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 232mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg