Sear Me a Scallop!

Simple, succulent and so easy, seared scallops were our meal of choice this year for Christmas Eve dinner. Total prep time? Less than 10 minutes!

Here's how:

1 lb. "dry" day boat scallops (about 12)
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
Fleur de sel (or any good quality salt) and freshly ground pepper

1. Rinse and dry the scallops. Season well with salt and pepper.
2. Add butter and oil to a good-quality, large non-stick sauté pan.
2. Over high heat, bring to smoking.
3. Place scallops carefully in pan, being sure not to let them touch each other.
4. Let sear for 2-3 minutes. Don't move until they come away from the pan without sticking.

5. Turn and sear on second side for 2-3 minutes.
6. Scallops are done when they are well-browned and don't stick to pan.

Slip out of the pan and onto a plate. Serve with green beans, fresh fettucine, a wedge of lemon, and a crisp salad.

Tips: Prepare the green beans well in advance and keep warm. Prepare the fettucine just before the scallops, butter them well and keep warm in a casserole.  When the scallops are ready, the rest of your dinner will be as well!


  1. Lovely! Chris and I agree that it looks delicious----and not impossible to prepare. I think that we will try it! Thanks Karen!

  2. It's really -- surprisingly -- easy, Nan. And so FAST. You can serve with rice instead of pasta. If you try it, let me know how it turns out and if you have any suggestions. Hugs to Chris!!