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scallops in butter sauce with parsley and lemon slices

Garlic Butter Seared Scallops

Katerina | Diethood
Pan-seared scallops cooked in the most delicious garlicky butter sauce. An easy and simple recipe you can make at home in under 10 minutes!
Servings : 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 pound fresh bay or sea scallops, dry packed
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine, (for Keto, use chicken or vegetable broth)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • lemon slices, for garnish


  • Thoroughly pat dry the scallops with paper towels.
  • Remove any attached side-muscle on the scallop by pinching and tearing it away from the scallop.
  • Season scallops on all sides with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Set a large skillet over high heat and add 2 tablespoons butter; cook until sizzling.
  • Add the scallops in one layer without over crowding the pan. Cook in batches if the scallops do not fit in the pan all at once.
  • Cook scallops for 2 minutes, or until browned. Do not move them around.
  • Flip over the scallops, lower heat to medium-high, and continue to cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until bottom is golden brown.
  • Remove scallops from pan and set aside.
  • Melt remaining butter in the skillet, scraping up any browned bits left on the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Do not burn the garlic.
  • Add wine and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Squeeze lemon juice into the skillet; stir, and taste sauce for seasonings. Adjust accordingly.
  • Return scallops to the pan and spoon sauce over scallops.
  • Garnish with parsley and lemon slices.
  • Serve.




Serving: 4 scallops | Calories: 208 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 14 g | Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Cholesterol: 57 mg | Sodium: 548 mg | Potassium: 307 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 580 IU | Vitamin C: 18 mg | Calcium: 25 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizers, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook scallops, keto dinner idea, low carb seafood recipes, seared scallops