Lemon Butter Scallops

All you need is 5 ingredients and 10 minutes for the most amazing, buttery scallops ever. Yes, it’s just that easy and simple!

Lemon Butter Scallops - All you need is 5 ingredients and 10 minutes for the most amazing, buttery scallops ever. Yes, it's just that easy and simple!

As much as I love scallops, I have always been very hesitant to cook with it. After all, at $20 per pound, there is absolutely no room for error when it comes to cooking these. So I just stayed away from scallops and ordered them from fancy restaurants, probably spending 2-3x more.

Lemon Butter Scallops - All you need is 5 ingredients and 10 minutes for the most amazing, buttery scallops ever. Yes, it's just that easy and simple!

Little did I know with a few handy tricks, scallops are actually one of the easiest (and quickest) meals to whip up.

Lemon Butter Scallops - All you need is 5 ingredients and 10 minutes for the most amazing, buttery scallops ever. Yes, it's just that easy and simple!

And this lemon butter sauce is absolutely unreal, and the perfect accompaniment to these perfectly seared scallops. Just remember – you’ll want to have your side dishes ready to go since these scallops will be ready in just 10 minutes from start to finish!

Lemon Butter Scallops

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Lemon Butter Scallops

All you need is 5 ingredients and 10 minutes for the most amazing, buttery scallops ever. Yes, it's just that easy and simple!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pound scallops
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the lemon butter sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry.
  • Season scallops with salt and pepper, to taste. Working in batches, add scallops to the skillet in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and translucent in the center, about 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside and keep warm.
  • To make the lemon butter sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve scallops immediately with lemon butter sauce, garnished with parsley, if desired.
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Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 183.7 Calories from Fat 89.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.9g 15%
Saturated Fat 5.6g 28%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 71.0mg 24%
Sodium 243.0mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 1.6g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 21.3g 43%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Scallops are a great choice for bumping up the protein in a meal since they are low fat and low carb – they are essentially little bundles of protein! They also have a good amount of essential minerals such as iron, zinc, selenium, and magnesium.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.