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Cooking Scallops

Updated on July 16, 2013

Quick and delicious!

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 2 - 3 people

An appetizing presentation!

I always thought that scallops was a food that I could only enjoy at a seafood or high-end restaurant. I recently found a simple recipe that is simply delicious. By following the recipe below you too can make delicious scallops just like you get in a restaurant and actually I think they are better then most I have had in a restaurant.

I get my scallops at a local grocery store. I always buy one pound of sea scallops. These are the large scallops rather then the small bay scallops. First, you rinse the scallops under cold water in a collander. Once rinsed make sure the scallops are dried thoroughly by patting them with a paper towel. Salt and pepper both sides of the scallops to taste. Once one side of each scallop is seasoned turn them over with a pair of tongs and season the other side.

Use a 10" saute pan to cook 1 pound of sea scallops. I use the Pampered Chef executive non-stick 10" saute pan. Cooks them perfectly every time. You can find this pan on my website

Scallops starting to cook!

Heat the pan on high letting the pan get very hot. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan. Make sure to coat the entire pan and when the oil gets really hot add the scallops with a pair of tongs to the pan one at a time. Cooking time is quick. Only leave them on one side for 2 to 3 minutes. Then flip the scallops over to the other side and you will notice a nice browning of the scallop. Let them cook for another 2 to 3 minutes and then remove them from the pan, drizzle with a little bit of lemon, and let them sit on a plate for another 4 minutes. They will continue to cook while sitting on the plate.

Picture of Perfectly Cooked Sea Scallops

Once the scallops are ready to eat I pair them with rice pilaf and asparagus. What a wonderful meal. Give it a try!

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Looking for a nice wine to serve with Scallops?

I love the way different wines enhance the flavor of food. White wine would definitely be the more popular wine and there are many to choose from:

  • Sauvignon Blanc (not too heavily oaked)
  • Pinot Gris
  • Chablis
  • Sancerre
  • White Bordeaux

You might also try a Chardonnay however there are mixed reviews on this! If you must have a red wine with your meal I would go with a Pinot Noir.

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Thank you rajan jolly! I appreciate your comments and feedback!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The scallops look perfectly delicious with the beautiful accompaniments. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Voted up and useful.

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      lovebuglena scallops in white wine is a great dish too! Thank you for commenting!

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I love scallops in white wine... Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks delicious.