This is the perfect beach vacation recipe: quick, easy & delicious. We had all ingredients on hand and local scallops. Served with scalloped potatoes and a green veggie. Clean-up was a snap too.
Sauteed Scallops with Parsley and Garlic
A simple butter sauce seasoned with salt, pepper, parsley, and garlic lets the delicate flavor of these sauteed scallops truly shine.
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- Calories: 241
- Calories from fat: 43%
- Fat: 11.5g
- Saturated fat: 3.6g
- Monounsaturated fat: 5.7g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
- Protein: 28.7g
- Carbohydrate: 4.3g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 71mg
- Iron: 0.8mg
- Sodium: 464mg
- Calcium: 48mg
- 16 large sea scallops (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 8 scallops; sauté 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until browned. Set aside, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 8 scallops. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel.
- Add butter to pan; reduce heat, and cook until butter melts. Stir in parsley and garlic, and cook 15 seconds. Return scallops to pan; toss to coat.
The secret to perfectly browned scallops is patience. Peterson recommends cooking in two batches. Heat the oil until it ripples in the pan. Add scallops, a few at a time, and wait for them to sizzle before adding more. If you add too many at once, the pan will lose heat and its ability to brown them all.
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