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Scallops are an extremely versatile and flavorful seafood dish. Ready in just 10 minutes, this is one of the easiest and quickest dinners that the whole family will love. Including 4 sauce options!

A fork inserted into a cooked scallop.

Scallops are an absolute favorite in The Stay At Home Chef household. They are quick and easy to make and clean up, and they are so versatile. You can mix and match the sides to make this a meal that you won’t ever get tired of. Lemon garlic sauce, linguine, and roasted broccoli? Orange ginger glaze, rice, and a salad? The possibilities are endless. Not to mention the fact that scallops are an extremely lean protein and high in Omega 3 fatty acids. No need to tell the kids that though, just sit back and enjoy everyone happily eating their dinner, because everyone loves these scallops!

Wet vs. Dry Scallops:

You can typically find two different varieties of scallops at your grocery store. Wet scallops and dry scallops.

Wet scallops are shucked on the boat, put in a wet solution to preserve them, and typically frozen. It is hard to get a good sear on wet scallops.

Dry scallops are shucked on the boat, and put onto ice to transport. They are more translucent than wet scallops, have better flavor, and most importantly, they sear better because they don’t soak up any additional water weight. 

Cooking Scallops Tip:

Be sure not to overcrowd your pan as you cook scallops. If needed, you can always cook your scallops in batches. 

Serving Suggestions:

We love how easy it is to turn this into a full meal. We love this with a side of linguine or even mashed potatoes, a roasted veggie, and a salad. Change up the sauce and sides and you’ll never get bored eating the same thing twice!

Overhead view of scallops.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Scallops are best eaten fresh. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Reheat in a skillet over medium-low heat with a scant amount of oil until warmed through. 

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A fork inserted into a cooked scallop.
Scallops are an extremely versatile and flavorful seafood dish. Ready in just 10 minutes, this is one of the easiest and quickest dinners that the whole family will love. Including 4 sauce options!
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 pound scallops
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Lemon Garlic Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine (can substitute chicken broth)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Orange Ginger Sauce

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

Balsamic Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  • Pat scallops dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Season with salt and black pepper. Scallops should be completely thawed, not frozen.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear scallops in hot oil for about 2 minutes per side, until cooked through and you have a golden brown crust.
  • Remove scallops from skillet and make desired sauce.

Lemon Garlic Sauce

  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. You can use the same skillet used to cook the scallops without cleaning. Once melted, add in garlic and saute 1 minute. Pour in white wine and simmer 2-3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Pour over cooked scallops.

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over cooked scallops.

Orange Ginger Sauce

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over scallops during the last 30 seconds of cooking so the sauce heats briefly.

Balsamic Sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. You can use the same skillet used to cook the scallops without cleaning. Add in garlic and saute 1 minute. Whisk in balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, and season with salt and pepper. Pour over cooked scallops.
Notes
Keyword: scallops
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