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.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 4 scallops)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Note:

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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