How to Prepare and Sear Scallops - Clean Eating Magazine

How to Prepare and Sear Scallops

Scallops can be steamed, grilled or baked, but searing them in a hot pan is the best and fastest way to prepare them - it creates a caramelized crust on both flat sides and adds incredible flavor.
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How to Sear Scallops Step 1

1. Some scallops may come with a small band of muscle still attached. If you find one, simply peel it off, as this part becomes rubbery when cooked. Pat scallops dry with paper towels.

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2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a stainless steel sautee pan on high for 1 minutes (a nonstick pan will work, but stainless is preferred to searing and caramelizing). Add oil and swirl to coat bottom; heat for 30 seconds.

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3. Place scallops around the outside of pan and cook 1 side for 1 to 2 minutes, or until visibly browned around bottom edge.

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4. Use a thin metal spatula to scrape under each scallop and release from pan. Turn scallops over and cook other side for 1 to 2 minutes.

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5. Scallops are done when they feel slightly firm but still tender when pressed gently. Its easy to overcook scallops, so you generally shouldn't exceed a cooking time of 5 to 6 minutes total.

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6. Remove scallops to a plate and serve immediately or keep warm by covering with foil or another plate while finishing recipe, like our Seared Scallops over Pea Pesto Linguini.