Lemon Scallops

When you ensure your skillet is at the right heat, you'll never suffer eating rubbery scallops again (at least not any that you've cooked yourself)! Instead, enjoy a crisp sear on the outside and tender, juicy insides using this scallop recipe.

Lemon Scallops
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
about 26 scallops, 1/2 cup sauce


  • 1 - 1 ½ pound sea scallops

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • Chopped fresh mint


  1. Pat scallops dry. Season generously with salt and pepper. Place on a plate. Chill, uncovered, for 2 hours. Remove and let stand 30 minutes.

  2. Heat a heavy 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. To check when hot enough, add a large drop of water (1/8 teaspoon) to the skillet. When it rolls around the pan like a bead of mercury, it is ready. This will take 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Remove skillet from heat; add oil. Swirl to coat bottom of skillet. Return to medium-high heat. Add scallops, half at a time (don't crowd the pan). Cook for 2 minutes or until a crust forms (be patient; the scallops will release when they're ready to be turned). Turn and cook for 2 minutes more or until scallops are crusted on the second side and turn opaque.

  4. Remove scallops from skillet to a plate; cover loosely. Remove skillet from heat. Carefully add wine, broth, lemon juice, and garlic (mixture will spatter). Return to heat. Bring to boiling, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Boil gently, uncovered, 5 minutes or until reduced by about half. Remove from heat. Whisk in the butter.

  5. Spoon sauce over scallops to serve. Sprinkle with mint.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
13g Fat
6g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 807mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 5.1mg 26%
Calcium 19.8mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 272.4mg 6%
Folate, total 18.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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