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Perfectly Seared Pan Scallops

Learn how to make Seared Scallops with a perfectly golden brown crust, just like at the restaurants! They’re incredibly simple to make at home and much cheaper than dining out.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound sea scallops patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly ground sea salt
  • Lemon for squeezing optional

Instructions
 

  • Remove tiny side muscle from the scallops if they have them, then rinse with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Add the butter and oil to a large saute pan over high heat.
  • Generously salt and pepper the scallops. Once the butter/oil combo begins to smoke, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching. Sear scallops for 1 1/2 minutes on each side - not touching them at all while they're searing. The scallops should have a nice golden crust on each side and be translucent in the center. Serve right away!!!
Keyword scallops, seared scallops