How to Cook Scallops: A Step-by-Step Guide

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 Scallops are a delicious and healthy seafood option that can be prepared in many ways. Whether you're a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, cooking scallops is a simple and quick process that can be done in just a few minutes. In this article, our admin will guide you on how to cook scallops perfectly every time.

Cooked Scallops On A Plate

What You'll Need

Before we get started, let's go over the tools and ingredients you'll need to cook scallops:

  • 1 pound of scallops
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A non-stick pan
  • A spatula

Step 1: Preparing the Scallops

First, you'll need to prepare the scallops. Rinse them under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel. If the scallops have a side muscle attached, remove it by pulling it off gently. This muscle is tough and can become chewy when cooked.

Step 2: Seasoning the Scallops

Season the scallops with salt and pepper on both sides. Be careful not to over-season them as scallops have a delicate flavor that can be easily overpowered.

Step 3: Cooking the Scallops

Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add butter or oil to the pan and let it melt. Once the pan is hot, add the scallops to the pan, making sure they are not touching each other. Cook the scallops for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown.


Don't overcrowd the pan as this will cause the scallops to steam rather than sear, resulting in a rubbery texture.

Step 4: Serving the Scallops

Once the scallops are cooked, remove them from the pan with a spatula and place them on a plate. Serve them immediately with your favorite side dishes.

Pros and Cons of Cooking Scallops

Like any food, there are pros and cons to cooking scallops. Here are a few:

Low in calories and high in proteinExpensive compared to other seafood options
Quick and easy to prepareCan easily be overcooked, resulting in a tough texture
Delicate and delicious flavorCan be difficult to find fresh scallops in some areas


Q: Can I cook frozen scallops?

A: Yes, you can cook frozen scallops. However, be sure to thaw them completely before cooking to ensure even cooking.

Q: What are some side dishes that go well with scallops?

A: Scallops pair well with a variety of side dishes such as roasted vegetables, pasta, rice, or a fresh salad.

Q: Can I use a cast-iron pan to cook scallops?

A: While a non-stick pan is recommended for cooking scallops, you can use a cast-iron pan as well. Just be sure to preheat the pan and use enough oil or butter to prevent the scallops from sticking.

Q: How can I tell if the scallops are cooked through?

A: Scallops should be cooked until they are opaque and firm to the touch. The internal temperature should be 120-125°F.