Scallops may be a little intimidating to cook at home—but trust us, once you nail the perfect sear once, you’ll be gunning to cook them any chance you get. Follow this foolproof method for perfectly seared scallops to nail the technique.
Remove the small muscle flap on the side of each scallop by gently peeling it off. Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle 1 side of scallops with half of the salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high. When oil and skillet are very hot, add scallops seasoned side down, in a clockwise direction in skillet, making sure scallops do not touch. Cook, undisturbed, until bottoms of scallops have browned edges and are cooked about 1/4-inch up the side (they will be turning more opaque), about 1 1/2 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining half salt and pepper.
Flip each scallop over in the order in which they were placed in skillet, and cook an additional 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from skillet, and let rest 1 to 2 minutes before serving.