How to Cook Scallops

How to cook scallops - incredible seared in flavor in minutes

Once a week, I make homemade pasta. I just can’t hardly help myself. It’s always been my favorite food. Chris is very tolerant & has come to love it too. I don’t care for seafood, but I do love making my husband happy, so if tossing a few scallops on a bed of pasta makes him smile, I’m happy to sear them. We won’t tell him it’s really no extra effort 🙂 I’m sharing how to cook scallops in just 6 minutes. Yes, you guessed it. This dish is another one of my 10 minute dinners!

How to cook scallops - learn how to sear scallops like a pro in just 6 minutes

I used to be intimidated by scallops. Really, cooking anything that I don’t eat myself, but it’s truly so easy I sighed in relief after preparing them for the first time a few years ago. It’s another way I can customize a dish so that everyone in our family thoroughly enjoys it!

How to Cook Scallops

Prep Time 1 min Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 0:06



  1. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel.
  2. Salt & pepper both sides of the scallops.
  3. Warm a large skillet {or two} on medium-high.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil & allow it to become hot - with an apron on!
  5. Add the scallops, spacing them a couple inches apart. To properly sear, spacing is crucial.
  6. Cook for 3 minutes, then flip. Cook 2 additional minutes. Resist the urge to check them.


Want to learn more about wet versus dry scallops? This is an excellent article from The Kitchn.

How to cook scallops - learn how to sear scallops like a pro in just 6 minutes

Do you make special accommodations for your family at dinner by customizing meals? It’s something I said I would never do! Never say never, right?

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

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  • Laura says:

    Yes scallops are a real treat and so is homemade pasta. I don’t make pasta once a week but I do make scallops about once a month, on the grill, on skewers with garlic olive oil or a simple marinade. My husband is actually THE grill master and he has a book of recipes, marinades, rubs that he’s developed over many years. I cook indoors, he cooks out. It works well!

    I customize recipes daily because our son and daughter have special diets and so I basically make two meals to fit their needs and ours. I’ve gotten used to it though and although it is extra work, I think of how hard it is for my kids to have to go through life looking at menus and ordering special meals and having to do without so many foods that they once loved.

    I enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing great ideas and photos. I started following you for your calligraphy, which I now have gotten very comfortable,doing. I totally enjoy it!

    • Julie says:

      That sounds fantastic! I can’t imagine how much work that is, but so loving of you to do! I hope you have a beautiful weekend, Laura!

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