Simply Seared Scallops

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This simple recipe uses minimal ingredients in order to highlight the delicious flavor of the sea scallop! Garnish with a drizzle of balsamic and chopped fresh basil.


  • 12 sea scallops, tough muscles removed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


Pat sea scallops dry with paper towels. Season with some lemon juice, salt, and pepper on one side.

Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over high heat. Place scallops in the skillet seasoned-side down. Cook until browned on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Season with remaining lemon juice, salt, and pepper; flip. Continue cooking until opaque, about 2 minutes more. Garnish with lemon zest.

Prep time: 5 mins / Cooking time: 4 mins / Total time: 9 mins

Serving: 3 / Yield: 12 scallops

Calories: 170.2

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