Lemon Butter Scallops

(recipe by TheSalmons)


  • 1 lb scallops (approx. 12)
  • 1 lemon (thinly sliced)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • salt
  • capers (optional)

This dish takes almost no time to cook and is absolutely delicious! Buy good quality fresh scallops and cook them the same day.

Optional Brining: Brining the scallops for 10 minutes before cooking may make them more tender. To brine them, dissolve 1/8 cup salt in 1 cup water and place scallops in the salty water for 10 minutes. Remove and pat dry.

Melt 1-2 tbsp. butter over medium-high heat until foamy.

Add scallops to the skillet (use a non-stick pan) in a single layer and don't crowd them in the pan. Press down on each one with a spatula to make good contact with the pan.

Cook the scallops, flipping once, until golden brown and translucent in the center. Approximately 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside and keep warm.

Make lemon butter sauce in the same pan. Melt an additional 2 tbsp. butter. Add lemon slices and garlic. Cook stirring frequently for a 1-2 minutes. Return scallops to pan and stir briefly to coat with sauce and re-warm them slightly. Add capers if desired.

Plate and serve immediately, topping scallops with lemon slices and garlic butter sauce.

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