Spicy Seared Scallops Recipe

Seared Scallops
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  • Total: 71 mins
  • Prep: 65 mins
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Yield: serves 4 to 6

Serve these flavorful scallops as a main dish or make them an appetizer with a tasty sauce or dressing.


  • 2 pounds large sea scallops, about 18 to 20
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

Steps to Make It

  1. In a bowl or food storage bag, toss scallops gently with the Cajun seasoning, 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.

  2. Heat the 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 teaspoons of butter in a large skillet over high heat. With tongs, arrange the scallops in the hot fat and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned.

  3. Serve as a first-course salad with Mimosa Dressing or serve with rice and steamed veggies for a delicious meal.

Serves 4 as a main dish or about 6 as a first course.

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