Seared Sea Scallops with Lemon Butter Sauce

We don’t have sea scallops very often as they are usually expensive to buy here in Colorado, but we decided to splurge and get some over the weekend. We wanted something lite and flavorful, so we did a lemon butter sauce with some garlic and capers. It made for a wonderful treat was satisfying, but wasn’t too heavy. We hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

Ingredients

  • 12 – 16 Sea Scallops – about 1 lb
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 clove Fresh Garlic – minced
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 pinch of Saffron
  • 1 tbsp Capers
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 8 oz Pasta (Angel Hair, Spaghetti, or linguine)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Seared Scallops with Lemon Butter Sauce

Seared Scallops with Lemon Butter Sauce

Instructions

Combine the flour, paprika, salt, and pepper on a plate or shallow bowl.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt and the pasta, and cook according to the package directions.  In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with the olive oil over medium heat.  Dredge just the flat sides of the scallops in the flour and place them in the pan.  The flour will help to thicken the sauce as well as help to sear the scallops.  Cook the scallops, flipping half way through, until cooked through and golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Reserve 1/4 cup of the water from the pasta, then drain the pasta and put the pasta into a bowl stirring in 2 tablespoons of butter.  To make the sauce, add the remaining tablespoon of butter, the garlic, the zest of 1/4 of the lemon, the saffron, capers, and the juice of the lemon to the saucepan that the scallops were cooked in.  Be sure to deglaze the pan drippings into the sauce and simmer on medium-high heat until the garlic and capers are soft, about 3 minutes.  Put the scallops on the pasta and pour the sauce over the scallops.  Serves 4.

Seared Scallops

Seared Scallops

Lemon Butter Sauce

Lemon Butter Sauce

 

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18 Responses to Seared Sea Scallops with Lemon Butter Sauce

  1. Jade & Rikki says:

    This looks amazing! Great post

    Liked by 2 people

  2. koolaidmoms says:

    I love scallops too but they are expensive on Michigan too. I think next time we have some I will be trying this!

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  3. Just love scallops, this dish looks lovely and creamy.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. chef mimi says:

    Fabulous! You probably get seafood in Colorado as much as I do in Oklahoma!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Tara & Vic says:

    That looks soooooo good! Thanks for sharing!

    Tara & Vic

    http://www.capecoconut.com

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Bea dM says:

    I’ve only had scallops in restaurants, never really thought of looking for them in a shop, This looks good and easier than lots of the delicious recipes you post, so I’ll give it a try 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. That’s an amazing looking dish. Thanks for sharing. Glad you splurged and enjoyed!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Mm, delicious! Scallops are a rare splurge for me as well. I’ll have to keep this in mind for the next time I get a craving for them.

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