How to Cook Scallops

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  • Learn how to cook scallops like a pro – searing them in under 6 minutes! A few simple instructions to make cooking scallops a breeze.

    Learn how to cook scallops like a pro - searing them in under 6 minutes! A few simple instructions to make cooking scallops a breeze.

    How to Cook Scallops

    Once a week, I make homemade pasta. I just can hardly help myself. It’s always been my favorite food. Chris is very tolerant & has come to love it too.

    One of our favorite dinners always includes my Browned Butter Butternut Squash Pasta, Homemade Bread, and an Italian Salad.

    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 🙂

    Quick and Easy Recipe For Cooking Scallops

    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!

    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!

    Tips for cooking scallops - learn how to sear scallops like a pro in just 6 minutes

    Tips for Cooking Scallops

    When buying fresh scallops, they have many different names and types, some of which are better for pan searing.

    • Bay Scallops are the smallest and typically shouldn’t be used for pan searing due to their small size.
    • Sea Scallops are the largest and are considered the best for pan searing
    • Diver Scallops are scallops that are hand-picked by divers, typically resulting in a larger higher quality scallop.

    Learn More About How to Cook Scallops

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

    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?

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

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    How to Cook Scallops

    Learn how to cook scallops like a pro - searing them in under 6 minutes! A few simple instructions to make cooking scallops a breeze.
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword easy recipe, entertaining, light, mothers day, new years, pasta, seafood, valentines day
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 6 minutes

    Ingredients

    • dry scallops
    • salt & pepper
    • grapeseed oil

    Instructions

    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.

    Recipe Notes

    When buying fresh scallops, they have many different names and types, some of which are better for pan searing.

    • Bay Scallops are the smallest and typically shouldn’t be used for pan searing due to their small size.
    • Sea Scallops are the largest and are considered the best for pan searing
    • Diver Scallops are scallops that are hand-picked by divers, typically resulting in a larger higher quality scallop.

     

     

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