Garlic Butter Scallops Appetizer: tender, pan-seared scallops in a light, lemony garlic butter sauce. Serve alone or nestled in risotto.
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Garlic Butter Sea Scallops Appetizer

Garlic Butter Sea Scallops Appetizer ~ or entree ~ pan seared and drizzled with lemon, garlic butter sauce. 
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: seafood
Keyword: How to cook sea scallops
Servings: 4
Author: A Gouda Life


  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter , divided
  • 2 cloves grated garlic
  • 1 lemon cut in 4 wedges
  • Light splash of Notable chardonnay
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • Thoroughly dry the scallops with paper towels.
  • Over medium high heat melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add the scallops without overcrowding cooking 1 1/2 - 2 minutes per side allowing them to sear before removing from the skillet.
  • Reduce heat to low and add the remaining butter, garlic, 1-2 tablespoons of wine, lemon juice and parsley cooking 2-3 minutes.
  • Drizzle the garlic butter sauce over the top of the scallops.