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1. Using a paper towel, pat scallops completely dry. Sprinkle with ¾ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Heat a large skillet on medium-high; melt 1 tbsp butter with oil, swirling to coat. Working in batches if necessary, add scallops to pan and cook, undisturbed, until bottoms are golden and crusty, 1½ to 2 minutes.Flip and cook just until bottoms are golden and crusty, 1½ to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate; cover to keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mash together remaining 4 tbsp butter, cilantro, lime zest and lime juice. Season with remaining ¼ tsp each salt and pepper.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add garlic to pan; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add cilantro-lime butter, stirring to melt butter and incorporate garlic. Divide scallops among 4 plates; spoon butter mixture over top.
Tip: Scallops have a tough muscle that holds them in their shells. To remove it, use your fingers and simply pull off the small tab of flesh running vertically down the edge.
- Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
- Calories 278
- Carbohydrate Content 6 g
- Cholesterol Content 79 mg
- Fat Content 19 g
- Fiber Content 0 g
- Protein Content 21 g
- Saturated Fat Content 9 g
- Sodium Content 756 mg
- Sugar Content 0 g
- Monounsaturated Fat Content 7 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g