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Garlic Butter Scallop Bowls

Garlic Butter Scallop Bowls - The butteriest, garlicky scallops ever! It just melts in your mouth! Served with the best cilantro lime rice + pico de gallo!

The butteriest, garlicky scallop recipe ever! It just melts in your mouth! Served with the best cilantro lime rice + pico de gallo!

Garlic Butter Scallop Bowls - The butteriest, garlicky scallops ever! It just melts in your mouth! Served with the best cilantro lime rice + pico de gallo!

Say hello to your summer diet of 2018.

I’ve taken my favorite garlicky lemon butter scallops and turned them into the best summer bowl ever.

Made with a simple yet completely homemade zesty cilantro lime rice and pico de gallo!

Now both the rice and pico de gallo can be made ahead of time so you can cook the scallops right before serving, which takes less than 10 minutes.

I know. It’s super quick. I always have you guys taken care of, right?

Just be sure to use up every single drop of the garlic butter sauce. We can’t let any of that go to waste!

Garlic Butter Scallop Bowls - The butteriest, garlicky scallops ever! It just melts in your mouth! Served with the best cilantro lime rice + pico de gallo!

Garlic Butter Scallop Bowls

The butteriest, garlicky scallops ever! It just melts in your mouth! Served with the best cilantro lime rice + pico de gallo!

20 minutes25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 pound scallops
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the cilantro lime rice

  • 2/3 cup white long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Juice of 1 lime

For the pico de gallo

  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. To make the cilantro lime rice, cook rice according to package instructions. Stir in cilantro, butter, pine nuts and lime juice until butter has melted, about 1-2 minutes; set aside.
  2. To make the pico de gallo, combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry.
  5. 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.
  6. Melt remaining 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.
  7. Serve scallops immediately with cilantro lime rice and pico de gallo, drizzled with garlic butter mixture.

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20 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my hubby’s FAV meal. I’ve made it several times now and add a pound of shrimp to the recipe when we are feeding more people. It has a lot of steps, but is simple to create! All of the flavors combined are DELISH!
    PS.. we love to make extra pico de gallo and have it as an appetizer with tortilla chips.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yummy fresh and easy. Peak tomatoes made this stellar. Did jumbo shrimp as well. Great colors.

  3. These are such a hit!! I’ve made these so many times. Super easy and so tasty!!! I love all your recipes!!

  4. This Garlic Butter Scallop Bowl recipe is beyond delicious.  Oh my gosh….perfect combination of flavors.
    I’ve made it twice in last 2 weeks.  yum!

  5. I really enjoyed this recipe–it was so fresh tasting! I do have one question though. When I tried making the garlic butter, it turned into a burnt mess after I added the garlic and lemon juice. I only cooked the garlic for about 30 seconds. Then I remembered the same thing happened when I tried making your original scallop recipe. Would you suggest turning down the heat and letting the pan cool off for a bit before adding the garlic? The recipe was still really good without the garlic butter, but I want to make it work sometime.

  6. YUMMY!! we made this for dinner and loved it so much we want to make it again soon!!

  7. Love, Love, Love this recipe.  I swapped out long grain rice for cauliflower rice.  It worked perfectly.  This one is definitely going into the rotation.

  8. My favorite receipe so far is the Red lobster shrimp scampi

  9. I WISH YOU WOULD INCLUDE THE NUTRITION INFO WITH ALL YOUR RECIPES.

    YOU’RE AN AMAZING COOK!

  10. This recipe sounds wonderful but just to get it right: If I do the rice before, can I warm it up in the microwave?

  11. gorgeous, what a wonderful recipe, great for summer too, and love the garlic-scallops pairing for the flavor combo, so thank you!

  12. Garlic butter is perfect for scallops. I really like the combo with the cilantro-lime rice.

  13. This looks so fresh and beautiful! I need this in my life asap!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com