Easy Pan-Seared Scallops

Easy Pan-Seared Scallops
Yasmin Fahr


  • Salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 6 jumbo scallops at room temperature, muscle removed
  • Vegetable or grapeseed oil, for cooking
  • 1 Thai chile or other chile, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • Arugula, for serving

Try pairing these spicy scallops with a grüner veltliner (goes well with both seafood and spice) and a simple salad of arugula with Parmigiano-Reggiano in a lemon and olive oil vinaigrette. 

The method below does not cook the scallops all the way through, but if you're eating good quality scallops then that's what you want to do. However, if you'd like to cook them through, then keep the heat on for about 45 seconds longer than suggested below. 

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Salt and pepper the scallops, then heat up a heavy sauté or cast-iron pan over high heat. When hot, add enough oil to coat the bottom and then throw in the chile, if using.

When the oil begins to sizzle, add the lemon zest and the scallops and let cook until they have formed a nice golden-brown crust on the bottom. Add some of the lemon juice. Then, flip the scallops, wait about 5-10 seconds, and then turn off the heat, moving the pan to a cool spot. Allow the residual heat from the pan to cook the scallops for about another minute or two or until the underside has a nice crust.* Add the remaining lemon juice.


Calories per serving:

52 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Protein, Low Fat Fat Free, Low Fat Abs, Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 1g 1%
  • Carbs 5g 2%
  • Saturated 0g 1%
  • Fiber 0g 0%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 18g 36%
  • Cholesterol 36mg 12%
  • Sodium 588mg 25%
  • Calcium 10mg 1%
  • Magnesium 34mg 8%
  • Potassium 311mg 9%
  • Iron 1mg 3%
  • Zinc 1mg 9%
  • Phosphorus 501mg 72%
  • Vitamin A 2µg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 1%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 1%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 6%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 24µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 35%
  • Vitamin D 2IU 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 1%
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