Best Seared Scallops with Creamy Lemon-Caper Sauce - scalloped are seared in a skillet to a nice golden crust and then smothered in a creamy sauce made with butter, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, capers, and, some heavy cream.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 1hour
Creamy Lemon-Caper Sauce:
1teaspoonlemon juicefreshly squeezed, more if desired
salt to taste
1poundscallops, medium size, about 12-14 scallops, thawed completely if frozen
How to make creamy lemon-caper sauce:
In a medium skillet, heat butter, olive oil and minced garlic on medium heat. Cook for about a minute, until garlic softens. Add heavy cream, bring to boil and cook for a couple of minutes, until the sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat. Stir in drained capers and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Taste, add more lemon juice and salt, if needed. Keep covered.
How to cook the best pan-seared scallops:
If using frozen scallops, make sure the scallops are thawed completely.
Blot each scallop with paper towels to remove extra water.
Season with salt by sprinkling each scallop with a dash of salt.
Use a large, non-stick skillet (I used stainless steel skillet which works well for me as non-stick). Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in this non-stick skillet on high heat until hot but not smoking. Oil should not be smoking, just rolling easily around the skillet.
Add scallops without overcrowding the pan.
Sear on one side for about 3-4 minutes until the bottom is nice golden color. Don't move the scallops around the pan in the beginning.
Turn the scallops to the other side and cook for 2 more minutes.
Remove from heat and transfer the scallops to the plate immediately. Don't let the scallops sit in the hot skillet, off heat, because they will start to steam, lose their crust and harden up.
Add cooked scallops to the cream sauce and reheat gently. Serve.