Easy Seared Scallops
Do you all like scallops? I LOVE scallops! Whenever we are out to a nice dinner, I am always drawn to anything scallops on the menu. Pasta with scallops, risotto with scallops, rice and veggies with scallops, scallops with more scallops. They are just so delicious. The only problem with scallops – the price.
They are SO expensive. Even when you buy them at the grocery store, they can still be expensive. The cheapest that I have ever seen them being sold for is $13.99 per lb – and that was back home in North Shore, MA. Here in Columbus they are more often $17.99 or $19.99 per lb – woof. The good thing is that scallops are a lot more dense and filling than most other fishes, so you won’t need as much in order to fill up!
That is, unless you love scallops as much as me and get eat a MILLION!
Just kidding, I can’t eat a million – only a thousand.
Just kidding 🙂 Aren’t I funny?
ANYway – so we know that seared scallops are delish. And that they are expensive. But what you may NOT know is that they are super easy to make!!
This recipe is about as simple as it gets – fat, salt, and pepper. The only trick? Two types of fat – olive oil and butter. This is because, well, butter tastes better – but olive oil does not have as many saturated fats and goes a longer way. Using a combination of the two means less fat than if you were to use only butter, and more delicious flavor (in my opinion) than if you were to use just olive oil.
Perhaps you have seen cartons of butter at the store that take advantage of using oil just like this! Land O’ Lakes has a delicious olive oil butter spread that I always keep on hand in the house. Its. So. Good. My sister-in-law, Jessie, works at Land O’ Lakes and is always pointing me towards the latest and greatest Land O’ Lakes butter products that have out. Like the Cinnamon Sugar butter spread… you must try. This one actually didn’t come out recently – but it is WORTH the taste.
Not on your scallops though… That’s for sure.
Speaking of scallops, back to the seared scallops! They taste AMAZING atop a bed of my Easy Cheesy Orzo.
Just a little olive oil, butter, salt, pepper – seared a few minutes on each side, voila! Amazing, seared scallops, perfect with … well, anything!
These Easy Seared Scallops are the perfect addition to any meal! Pasta, stir fry, risotto.. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a hot pan.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 lb fresh scallops
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
In a small saucepan or skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat.
Remove scallops from packaging, pat dry. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Place scallops into heated pan, cooking on each side for 2-3 minutes or until scallop edge begins to brown.
Once both sides have been seared, check that scallop is no longer translucent inside - if translucent, continue cooking for an additional minute then check again. If opaque, remove pan and allow to cool 2 minutes before serving.
Storage: Best when enjoyed right away.