Pan-Seared Scallops At Home: Restaurant Quality

April 7, 2020
Pan-seared, restaurant-quality scallops at home by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Southern Kentucky Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Blog

Hey, y’all. Did you know that you can easily make pan-seared scallops at home? I’m taking restaurant quality pan-seared scallops. I have a confession: I once believed it to be much, much harder than it is.

I love scallops; in fact, they are one of my go-to dishes at restaurants. I think that’s why I had never tried making them at home — they are a treat for a night out. But, after making them, I’m kicking myself in the rear. Why? Because they are SO easy to prepare!

While there are a few specific rules to follow, the process is very simple — you’ll be surprised at just how quickly you can make restaurant-quality scallops in the comfort of your own home!

Originally posted April 2020, updated August 2021

Pan-Seared Scallops At Home: Restaurant Quality

Do they need to be dry?

  • Whether you are purchasing your scallops fresh or frozen, you must pat them dry. This is vital to obtaining the perfect sear. Pat the outside – liberally – with a paper towel.
  • What if the scallop still has muscle attached?

  • If you purchase scallops that have a small bit of muscle still attached, remove it before cooking.
  • What’s the key to making restaurant-quality scallops at home?

    The key? Do not crowd the scallops in your pan! Scallops need a few inches of space around them; otherwise, they’ll steam and fail to sear well.

    The Recipe

    Pan-Seared Scallops At Home

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    Pan-Seared Scallops At Home

    Pan-Seared Scallops, Restaurant Quality

    JC Phelps
    Love scallops? Well, listen up: making pan-seared scallops (that are restaurant-quality!) at home is very easy and much more affordable than ordering them out. Learn how to make them in this foolproof recipe!
    5 from 1 vote
    Prep Time 5 mins
    Cook Time 5 mins
    Total Time 10 mins
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Servings 4 people
    Calories 115 kcal


    • 1 lb. Jumbo Sea Scallops
    • Kosher Salt to taste
    • Black Pepper to taste
    • 2 tbsp. Butter
    • 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • Fresh citrus to taste


    • Pat jumbo sea scallops dry with a paper towel. Do not skip this step.
    • Season one side of the dried scallops with kosher salt + black pepper.
    • Heat a skillet with extra virgin olive oil; when the skillet is piping hot, place scallops in the oil, seasoned side down. Do not crowd them in the pan — they need space to sear. You will know that the skillet is hot enough if it sizzles once you place a scallop down in the oil.
    • Season the other side of the scallop with kosher salt + black pepper.
    • Sear the scallops for roughly two minutes on the first side. You will know they are ready to flip when the tops have a gorgeous, brown sear.
    • Flip the scallops once and sear the other side for 2 minutes. After flipping, add some butter to the skillet to flavor the scallops.
    • Remove from the skillet + serve immediately. I like to have fresh citrus on-hand to squeeze on top of the scallops.
    • Enjoy!


    Sodium: 452mgCalcium: 15mgVitamin A: 16IUSugar: 1gPotassium: 242mgCholesterol: 28mgCalories: 115kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 4gProtein: 14gCarbohydrates: 4gIron: 1mg
    Keyword pan-seared scallops, scallops, scallops at home, seafood
    Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

    Now, how easy was that? In less than 10 minutes, you can have restaurant-quality scallops at home. The best part? It’s SO much more affordable.

    Y’all come back now, ya hear?

    My best,


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