How to cook scallops - incredible seared in flavor in minutes

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
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Author Julie Blanner


  • dry scallops
  • salt and pepper
  • grapeseed oil


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


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.