Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

6 people
Prep Time:
00h 10
Cook Time:
00h 10

Simple, it turns out, tastes pretty good. A quick sear with garlic, butter, lemon juice, and salt & pepper is all scallops really need. Simple is simply delicious.

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Ingredients and Method


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds large sea scallops
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic, and cook for a few seconds until fragrant. Add scallops, and cook for several minutes on one side, then turn over, and continue cooking until firm and opaque.
  2. Remove scallops to a platter, then whisk salt, pepper, and lemon juice into butter. Pour sauce over scallops to serve.
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