Remove â€œfootâ€� (tough oval piece) on side of scallops; pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Heat 2 tablespoons butter or oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of scallops, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until both sides are golden brown. Keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter and scallops.
Serve over Vanilla–Butternut Squash Puree.