When it comes to fresh seafood my advice is this: KISS (Keep it Simple Seafood). Highlight the natural fresh flavor of the fish or seafood by keeping the ingredients simple and natural. I love how properly cooked scallops melt in your mouth. They are nutritious, as well as delicious, averaging 20 grams of protein for every 3 oz serving. It’s like a tender steak from the sea! Their mild sweet flavor with that caramelized crust when seared in a super hot pan is sensational. I love the charred lemon as it adds a tangy undertone to the salty sauce. The cast iron skillet achieves the desired brown and crispy edges- you can also use another type of skillet if you don’t have one. If you love scallops already, let this be your go-to recipe! If you don’t I highly suggest you give these a try!

Made with Amore,

Elena

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Ingredients:

11-12 fresh or frozen scallops

sea salt for seasoning

ground pepper (optional for seasoning- I prefer without)

1 small lemon, sliced in 1/4 inch slices

2 tablespoons salted butter

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup freshly cut parsley

Instructions:

  1. Prepare scallops by patting them completely dry with a paper towel. Season with sea salt on both sides (optional season with ground pepper as well). Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a cast iron pan or other large saucepan on medium high heat
  3. Once the butter is melted add the lemon and cook until brown on both sides
  4. Remove lemons from pan and set aside
  5. Add the scallops one at a time to the pan. Make sure to space them evenly so they don’t steam in the pan. If your pan is small cook in two batches.
  6. Add the other 1 tablespoon of butter and olive oil to the pan
  7. Sear the scallops for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Only turn and touch one time- no need to move them around in the pan. Flip with tongs to turn at half way cooking point. Do not overcook.
  8. Take skillet off heat
  9. Add the lemons back to the pan and garnish with parsley
  10. Serve hot!

Serving Suggestions: Serve with Smashed Garlicky Herb Potatoes and Aioli Sauce

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Love, Elena