Garlic Butter Scallops


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An all-time favourite scallop recipe that melts in your mouth. Nothing beats these crispy, seared scallops with a delicious lemon-garlic butter sauce! This can be served as a starter on their own, or served over pasta, rice or vegetables as a main course. Quick to prepare and tasty to eat!

Shop for scallops online with Manettas Seafood Market – Sydney’s leading seafood supplier delivering fresh, premium-quality products to your doorstep. Try this recipe at home and enjoy your garlic butter scallops!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g scallops
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium-high heat until hot. Add the scallops to the pan in a single layer.

Step 2

Season with salt and pepper  and fry for 2-3 minutes on one side until golden brown, then flip and fry other side for 2 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from skillet.

Step 3

Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan, scraping up any browned bits left over from the scallops. Add in the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4

Pour in wine (or broth) and bring to a simmer. Reduce liquid by about half (about 2 minutes) Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and lemon juice and stir.

Step 5

Remove pan from heat and add the scallops back into the pan to warm through slightly. Garnish with parsley.

Step 6

Serve over pasta, rice or your preferred vegetables.


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