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How to Cook Perfect Scallops Every Time from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
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Lemon Garlic Scallops

Learn how to make the most perfect scallops every single time with this Lemon Garlic Scallop recipe!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: how to cook scallops, scallop recipe, lemon garlic scallops, perfectly cooked scallop, easy scallop recipe, what is a scallop, how do you cook a scallop
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gaby


  • 16 large dry sea scallops
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 bunch chives, finely sliced


  • Depending on how you purchased your scallops, you might need to pull the side muscle off scallops. Once the muscle is removed, pat the scallop dry and liberally on both sides with salt and pepper
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once oil is shimmering, place the scallops into skillet, flat side down, and cook without touching until that side is deep golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Be sure not to crowd the pan, this might take 2 batches depending on the size of your pan.
  • Use a thin spatula or tongs to gently turn over.  (if they stick, cook another 30 seconds and try again. Cook on second side until the scallop looks opaque in the middle and golden brown on both the top and bottom. Remove the scallops to a clean plate and set aside.
  • Pour off any oil in skillet and set over medium heat. Add the butter and cook, swirling, until butter foams, then browns, about 90 seconds and then add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add white wine and scrape up any brown bits. Once the wine mostly cooks off, add the lemon juice and chives and drizzle the pan sauce around and over scallops and serve.