Seared Scallops in Garlic Butter

This low-fat seafood dinner is easy to prepare, yet very elegant. Scallops cook quickly, making them ideal for busy weeknights.

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Start to Finish: 20 mins
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Seared Scallops in Garlic Butter
Ingredients
1
pound fresh or frozen sea scallops
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
3
cloves garlic, minced
2
tablespoons dry white wine
1
tablespoon snipped fresh chives or parsley
1/8
teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. Thaw scallops, if frozen. RInse scallops; pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In a 12-inch skillet cook garlic in 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add the scallops. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until scallops turn opaque. Remove from skillet and transfer to a serving platter. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and wine to the skillet. Cook and stir to loosen any browned bits. Pour over scallops; sprinkle with chives and salt.
  3. Makes 4 servings
From the Test Kitchen
Seared Shrimp in Garlic Butter:

Prepare as above, except substitute 1-1/2 pounds fresh or frozen medium shrimp in shells for the scallops. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. Cook shrimp in the butter and garlic for 1 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque. Continue as above.

Nutrition Facts (Seared Scallops in Garlic Butter)
    Per serving:
  • 183 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 189 mg chol.,
  • 303 mg sodium,
  • 2 g carb.,
  • 23 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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