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Lemon Garlic Scallops

Lemon Garlic Scallops

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Lemon Garlic Scallops are an impressive dinner for guests or a romantic meal for two. This pan seared scallops recipe is on the table in just 20 minutes!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Garlic Scallops, pan seared scallops
Servings: 4
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds scallops thawed, cleaned and pat dry
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or low sodium chicken broth
  • zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish


  1. If using frozen scallops, thaw them first in cold water and pat dry with paper towels before cooking. Pat dry well, it is important for the scallops to be dry.

  2. Place a large cast iron pan or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add the oil and wait until the oil starts sizzling.
  3. Add the scallops in a single layer, make sure you do NOT over crowd them, work in batches if needed. Imediatelly season with salt and pepper lightly.

  4. Fry for 2-3 minutes on one side, check if the scallops are lightly browned underneath, then flip and fry again for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove scallops from pan and transfer to a plate, cover with foil to keep warm.

  5. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the same pan and stir using a wooden spoon until melted.
  6. Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes, cook until fragrant, for just about 1 minute. Stir continiously or otherwise it will burn.
  7. Pour in white wine or chicken broth, add lemon zest and capers, stir and bring to a light simmer. Simmer for 3-4 minutes and then stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and lemon juice, until butter is fully melted.

  8. Remove pan from heat and add back in the scallops, scoop the sauce on top of them. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Lemon Garlic Scallops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 685mg30%
Potassium 377mg11%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.