Lemon and Garlic Scallops

We’ve had scallops in the freezer from Costco for awhile now. The reason why we haven’t cooked them is because neither Michael nor I know how to cook scallops. Which sucks, because I love scallops and order them in a restaurant whenever it’s an option.

I decided it was TIME. We just have to learnΒ or fail. Either way, we’re never going to figure it out if we don’t at least try. That’s the funny thing about cooking: it can go horribly bad, but it takes practice to get better. Time to suck it up.

I’m surprised that the calorie count is so high for a seafood. Especially considering bacon wasn’t involved in this recipe (darn it). Maybe it’s the butter that makes it high? Oh well. Scallops are awesome.

I steamed some broccoli and made salads while Michael cooked the scallops.

It was fast. I think maybe 3 minutes total for the scallops. He seared them seasoned with salt and pepper, then added the garlic and I squeezed the lemon over the skillet to add the lemon juice.

The scallops looked perfect! We dug in and they were absolutely delicious. They were prepared perfectly–not raw or overcooked (chewy). My fork cut through the scallops like it was soft butter.

The flavors of the garlic, lemon and butter was fantastic. The scallops themselves were mild in flavor. I am so excited that this recipe turned out so wonderfully! Scallops will become a regular in our dinner rotation.

The other bonus: scallops are super fast to cook. Dinner took probably 15 minutes from start to finish and the part that took the longest was mincing the garlic. πŸ™‚

Definitely give this one a try!

QUESTION: Can you cook scallops? How do you prepare them?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

12 thoughts on “Lemon and Garlic Scallops”

  1. Hi Lisa, OOOH…amazing!!! I don’t have any scallops in the freezer, and I’m still in “use what we have” mode, but damn, this makes me want to make a trip to the seafood department in the grocery store! πŸ™‚
    Have a great Wednesday.

  2. My fave way to cook scallops is to put them on skewers and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and then either pan sear or grill them. So. Freakin. Good. And quick because they cook in minutes!

  3. I usually just saute them with spices in a little olive oil, but this butter/garlic/lemon comdo looks divine! Thanks for making me so hungry when dinner is a good 3 hours away … LOL!

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