Lemon Butter Scallops

Many people are hesitant to buy scallops because let’s admit it, they are kinda expensive and also very tricky to cook. But if you ask me, this type of seafood is actually worth having because it is delicious and is a great source of lean protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Scallops contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help in regulating cholesterol levels as well as in reducing oxidative stress on the heart and improving red blood cell count. In short, eating this species of saltwater clam is very beneficial for the cardiovascular system.

Furthermore, adding scallops to your daily diet will help your muscles heal faster. They are also considered as an energy booster, plus you can benefit from them if you are aiming to lose weight. Studies show that this seafood can also help promote better cognitive functions. They can aid in balancing your hormones, too.

We have mentioned earlier that scallops are tricky to cook. But no worries as you can definitely learn the different techniques. At the end of the day, you would realize that scallops are very easy to deal with. Plus, you can whip up a number of dishes out of them.

Here is an easy, simple, savory, and nutritious dish made with scallops and a few ingredients that you should try for dinner today:

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Lemon-Butter Scallops

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  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Making this dish will only take 15 minutes of your time. The result would be delicious…buttery scallops that everybody will surely enjoy!



1 lb. scallops

1 tbsp. butter (unsalted)

salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:

2 tbsp. butter (unsalted)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 lemon (only the juice)

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp. fresh parsley leaves (chopped)


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
  2. Season scallops with salt and pepper.
  3. Add scallops to the skillet and cook each side for about 2 minutes or until golden brown and translucent in the center. Set aside.
  4. Make the sauce by melting 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet. Once melted, add garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve scallops with the lemon-butter sauce garnished with parsley.


Before cooking the scallops, you should remove the small side muscle and then rinse the scallops with cold water and pat dry.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

See? This delicious scallop dish is not that difficult at all to whip up. Like what we have said earlier, it only takes about 15 minutes and you will have an amazing dinner meal for yourself and your family members. Just imagine those perfectly seared scallops with the butter-sauce. You can never go wrong with that!

Lemon-Butter Scallops can be eaten on its own. They can also be served as an appetizer or a main course. And also, feel free to serve the scallops with vegetables like asparagus, green beans, carrots, and many more. Steamed veggies would be an excellent match. Be sure though to prepare the side dishes ahead of time since this scallop recipe can be made very quickly.

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