Simple Sea Scallops in Butter and Herb Sauce

Baked Sea Scallops
The Spruce
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
246 Calories
16g Fat
6g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 246
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 598mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 19g
Calcium 28mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Butter, fresh parsley, and basil flavor these easily baked sea scallops. Sweet fresh sea scallops are fast and easy to prepare and very versatile. The delicate flavor of the butter and herbs enhance the flavor of the scallops and don't overwhelm. This is a 5-star dish.

A small side muscle is sometimes still attached to the scallops. It's the piece that kept them attached to their shells. Check each scallop for the tough muscle as you rinse them. If you see that the muscle is still attached to the side, simply pull it off with your fingers.

Alternatively, you could consider seared scallops with herbs, which creates a different flavor profile due to the different cooking method.


  • 2 pounds fresh sea scallops
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried leaf basil (crumbled)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Sea Scallops in Butter and Herb Sauce Recipe
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter a shallow baking dish—it should be large enough to hold the scallops in a single layer.

  3. Wash sea scallops in cold water; put on paper towels and pat with paper towels to dry thoroughly.

  4. Place the scallops in the prepared baking dish in a single layer and dot with butter. Sprinkle the scallops with parsley, dried basil, salt, and pepper.

    Sea Scallops in Butter and Herb Sauce Recipe
    The Spruce
  5. Bake the sea scallops in the preheated oven for 5 minutes; stir to coat with butter and herbs and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until the scallops are cooked through but still moist.

    Sea Scallops in Butter and Herb Sauce Recipe
    The Spruce
  6. Serve with butter and herb sauce from baking dish and hot cooked rice or small pasta.

    Sea Scallops in Butter and Herb Sauce Recipe
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  7. Enjoy!


  • Wet-pack scallops are treated with a preservative (sodium tripolyphosphate), which lets them absorb more water. They may cost less, but you will also be paying for that extra water.
  • Dry-pack scallops are natural and have not been treated with phosphates. There's no additional water weight, plus they sear nicely, and the flavor is sweeter than wet-pack scallops.