Seared Scallops Recipe

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This simple recipe shows you how to cook and sear scallops in oil. One of the easiest methods of cooking scallops, this foolproof dish pairs beautifully with your favorite salad or vegetable sides.


  • 1 1/4 pounds (570g) fresh dry North Atlantic scallops
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Kosher salt


  1. Wash, and tap out the moisture from the scallops’ surface with a paper towel.
  2. Select a cast iron or stainless steel skillet.
  3. Brush in some oil (depending on what you’d prefer, some people use butter or olive oil. You can just use a plain veggie or canola oil, they will still do).
  4. Set over high heat until you start seeing smoke lightly coming off the oil
  5. Gently drop the scallops in the scorching hot pan and leave them.
  6. Don’t touch or try to flip them until you see them brown out.
  7. Allow to cook for about one minute.
  8. Flip them to sear the underbelly.
  9. Allow to rest for a minute and then transfer to a paper towel-covered plate to wick off any extra oil.


Serve immediately with a side salad, pasta or your favorite risotto dish.