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Pan Seared Scallops with Lemon Basil Garlic Butter

Sweet and tender scallops are seared to perfection and finished cooking in a tangy lemon garlic butter sauce! They're so easy to make and perfect for a quick meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Easy, Gluten free, Seafood
Keyword: basil, butter, easy, garlic, gluten free, lemon, pan seared, scallops
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb. scallops
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 3-4 Tbsp)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup fresh basil, sliced thin
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  • Melt your butter in the microwave and mix it with your lemon juice and minced garlic. Set it aside.
  • Then place your scallops on tray and pat them dry with a paper towel. Season them with salt & pepper.
  • Next, heat a saute pan over medium high heat and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Once it's hot to the touch, place your scallops in the pan seasoned side down. Season the other side with salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then flip the scallops and add your lemon butter. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes and continually spoon some of your butter mixture over them as they cook. (Depending on the size of your scallops they might need to cook for another minutes. They should turn a bright white color and be slightly firm to the touch when done.)
  • Once the scallops are done, remove the pan from the stove & stir in your fresh basil. Serve the scallops immediately with extra lemon slices on the side.