Garlicky Butter Seared Scallops

You can serve these succulent Garlicky Butter Seared Scallops by themselves or over pasta. Either way, they are delicious!

Garlicky Butter Seared Scallops

Prep: 5 min | Cook: 10 min


  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 medium lemon, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Pat the scallops dry with paper towels; season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large, cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Sear scallops for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until browned and scallops are cooked through. Remove scallops from pan to a plate.
  3. Add butter to skillet and let melt.
  4. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Squeeze in the juice of half the lemon, then add the scallops back to the pan and top with parsley.
  6. Serve over cooked pasta with slices from the remaining half lemon.
  7. If desired, you can melt more butter and minced garlic in the skillet to serve over the pasta.