Delicious Lemon Butter Scallops In 20 minutes or Less

Prep Time 5 Minutes | Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time15 minutes

Yield 4 servings

All you need is 5 ingredients and 10 minutes for the most amazing, buttery scallops ever. Yes, it’s just that easy and simple!


    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1 pound scallops
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry.
  • Season scallops with salt and pepper, to taste. Working in batches, add scallops to the skillet in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and translucent in the center, about 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside and keep warm.
  • To make the lemon butter sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve scallops immediately with lemon butter sauce, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 183.7Calories from Fat 89.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.9g15%
Saturated Fat 5.6g28%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 71.0mg24%
Sodium 243.0mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 1.6g1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 21.3g43%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Scallops are a great choice for bumping up the protein in a meal since they are low fat and low carb – they are essentially little bundles of protein! They also have a good amount of essential minerals such as iron, zinc, selenium, and magnesium.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.


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