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seared scallops on white plate

Pan Seared Scallops with Lemon & Garlic

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: seafood
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Crispy pan seared scallops are cooked with lemon and garlic to maximize the flavor of this simple seafood dish ready in just 10 minutes!


  • 1 lb fresh sea scallops
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (about 1 clove)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel.
  3. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add scallops, cooking about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  5. Squeeze lemon over scallops and serve immediately.


  • The oil should be quite hot before the scallops are added. If there is not a sizzling sound when you add the first scallop, it is not hot enough to sear them.
  • Do not overcook, 3 minutes on each side is sufficient.
  • Don't crowd the scallops in the pan, be sure they have about an inch of space between them. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Don't move them around in the pan, allow them to sit in the same place for the perfect sear.

Keywords: pan seared scallops