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Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

This scallop recipe makes deliciously tender sautéed scallops with a buttery lemon-garlic pan sauce for a restaurant-worthy meal that's easy to make!
Makes:6 servings


  • ¾ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 pounds large sea scallops
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 0.125 teaspoon pepper


Prep:10 mCook:5 mReady:15 m
  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook for a few seconds until fragrant.
  2. Arrange scallops in a single layer in the skillet; cook until golden brown on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn scallops over using tongs and continue cooking until firm and opaque, about 2 minutes more. Transfer scallops to a platter, reserving butter in the skillet.
  3. Whisk lemon juice, salt, and pepper into butter; pour sauce over scallops to serve.

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