Easy Fried Scallops

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I experimented with some ways to cook scallops one night with my family. This was everyone’s favorite and it has become a regular dish at our family fry nights. If serving as a main dish, make twice as many servings as people (about 8 scallops per person).


  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 12 large fresh scallops


Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Pour buttermilk into a bowl. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl.

Immerse 4 or 5 scallops in the bowl of buttermilk. Transfer to the flour mixture; roll around until thickly coated.

Lower scallops gently into the hot oil. Cook until golden and crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining scallops.

Prep time: 10 mins / Cooking time: 9 mins / Total time: 19 mins

Serving: 3 / Yield: 3 servings

Calories: 769.1

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