Lemon Butter Scallops

You will never believe how easy and fast it is to make Pan Seared Scallops with a Lemon Butter Sauce.  Sweet, buttery and delicate Sea Scallops are quickly seared in a hot pan, then a simple lemon, butter and garlic sauce is made in the same pan.  Served on their own or over pasta, these seared scallops are perfect for date night at home.
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Course: Dinners
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Date Night, Easy Recipes, Gluten Free, Holiday Recipes, Low Carb, Valentines Day Recipe, Weeknight Dinners
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 327kcal


  • 2 pounds sea scallops thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper


  • Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Season them with salt and pepper on both sides
  • Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. When hot, add the scallops to the pan - do not overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches if needed. Cook on one side, 60-90 seconds. Flip and cook for another 60-90 seconds. Remove from pan. Repeat until all scallops are cooked.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add butter, garlic, lemon juice to the pan. Stir, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan, 1-2 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes and chopped parsley, remove from heat.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the scallops and serve right away.



Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 992mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information is an estimate for your convenience. If you have strict nutritional needs, please do your due diligence to make sure this recipe fits your needs.
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