Scallops don’t have to be just a restaurant treat when they’re so easy to sear beautifully at home. With a few tricks up your sleeve (perfectly dry scallops, simple seasoning, hot oil), you can prepare them impressively, too. Serve seared scallops over cooked pasta or grains, or alongside steamed or grilled vegetables.
Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry.
Add the butter and oil to a 12 to 14-inch saute pan on high heat. Salt and pepper the scallops. Once the fat begins to smoke, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other. Sear the scallops for 1 1/2 minutes on each side. The scallops should have a 1/4-inch golden crust on each side while still being translucent in the center. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Info: Serving size: 3 to 4 scallops, 120 calories (60 from fat), 7g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 630mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 10g protein