Make the Pan-Fried Sweet Corn Hash, and keep it warm while you sear the scallops.
PREP THE SURFACE OF THE SCALLOPS
Dry the well-chilled sea scallops with paper towels. Get them really dry. And well-chilled should be about 34°--the temp in your fridge.
Brush the scallops evenly with the butter on all sides. The butter should solidify on the sides of the scallops if they are properly chilled and dried.
Heat a large heavy-bottomed sauté pan over medium heat for 3 minutes.
Spray the pan evenly, but lightly, with cooking spray.
Raise the heat to medium-high.
PUT THE SCALLOPS IN THE PAN
Slide half the scallops into the pan, one by one. If the pan has been heated properly, the scallops will slide like an air-hockey puck in an arcade. Just like that.
Try sliding the scallops around in the pan. Cool, right? Gently press the scallops against the hot pan surface to "pop" out any water/steam pockets.
Season with 1/16 teaspoon salt and 1/16 teaspoon pepper. Use your fingers.
LET 'EM SEAR
Now, let the scallops sear. The edges will brown. Doneness is a matter of taste, for sure, but 2 minutes and a flip, followed by 1 minute on the non-presentation side should be great.
Season the other side of the scallops.
Using a fish spatula or tongs (but be gentle with tongs), transfer the scallops to a plate.
Repeat the procedure to sear the remaining scallops.
Divide the scallops among 4 plates. Top each serving evenly with the Pan-Fried Sweet Corn Hash. Don't be too fussy.