This is the easiest recipe to get perfect seared scallops with a beautiful, golden-brown crust! With only a couple of simple ingredients, these seared scallops are perfect for date night, dinner parties, or Valentine’s Day.
Why This Recipe Is So Good
- These easy seared scallops are so simple to make with just two ingredients!
- They’re restaurant-quality but are ready in just ten minutes.
- Even though these scallops are easy enough for a beginner to make, they are incredibly flavorful, juicy, and have a perfect golden-brown crust.
- These scallops make an elegant appetizer or indulgent main course.
- Perfect for date night or Valentine’s Day!
- These delicious scallops are naturally keto, Paleo, Whole30, and gluten-free.
- When drying the scallops, make sure they are VERY dry. This is the only way to get that gorgeous crust!
- Do not move the scallops after adding to the skillet. Keeping them still gives them their even, crispy texture.
- Instead of avocado oil, you can use any neutral oil with a high smoke point, like grape seed oil or refined coconut oil.
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- 1 pound scallops
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- Cast iron skillet
- Rinse scallops in cold water and remove the "foot." (This is the muscley piece that keeps the scallop attached to its shell. Just use your fingers to pull off and discard it.) Dry scallops very well and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat until smoking (about five minutes). Add avocado oil and heat until shimmering.
- Add scallops to the skillet to sear. Sear 2 minutes, then flip over in the order you put them in the pan (to ensure equal cooking time). Sear the other side for an additional 2 minutes.
- Preparing scallops: When drying the scallops, make sure they are VERY dry. This is the only way to get that gorgeous crust!
- Getting a perfect crust: Do not move the scallops after adding to skillet. Keeping them still gives them their even, crispy texture.
- Variations: Instead of avocado oil, you can use any neutral oil with a high smoke point, like grape seed oil or refined coconut oil.
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