Lemon Butter Seared Scallops 

Lemon Butter Seared Scallops
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes

This Lemon Butter Seared Scallops recipe is a simple yet elegant dish that is perfect for any special occasion.

The scallops are seared to perfection in a hot skillet with a tangy lemon butter sauce that gives them a deliciously fresh and bright flavor. To make the dish, you start by searing the scallops in a hot skillet with olive oil until they’re golden brown and caramelized. Then, you make the lemon butter sauce by melting butter in the same skillet and adding garlic (or garlic powder), lemon juice, and parsley. The sauce is simmered until it’s reduced and thickened, the scallops are added to the skillet to sear for an incredibly flavorful finish.

This recipe is perfect for those who love seafood and are looking for a quick and easy way to prepare scallops that’s also delicious. The lemon butter sauce gives the scallops a bright and fresh flavor that perfectly complements their natural sweetness, while the searing gives them a caramelized texture that adds depth to the dish. It’s also a great way to impress your guests with a gourmet-quality meal that’s simple to make but looks and tastes like it took hours. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, this Lemon Butter Seared Scallops recipe is sure to become a new favorite.

Lemon Butter Seared Scallops
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Lemon Butter Seared Scallops

This Lemon Butter Seared Scallops recipe is a simple yet elegant dish that is perfect for any special occasion.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Lemon Butter Seared Scallops
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Ned Adams
Cost: $20


  • 12" cast iron skillet


  • 1 lb scallops side muscle removed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil lemon
  • tsp salt
  • tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp butter salted
  • 2 tbsp parsley fresh, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice


  • Pat scallops dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add olive oil to 12" Cast iron skillet and bring to medium heat.
  • Add butter, garlic powder and parsley to skillet stir until combined.
  • Once skillet has gotten hot, add scallops to the pan and sear 2 minutes on each side. Scallops should be golden brown on each side. Remove scallops and set aside.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice and serve while hot.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Dutch Oven Daddy is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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