Scallops are my favorite seafood. I just love the tender texture and the briny sweet taste. After all the holiday feasting with a big turkey, stuffing and side dishes, I am craving scallop recipes.
This Is One of the Best Scallop Recipes
Scallops are extremely expensive if you eat out at the restaurants, so it’s always cheaper to make them at home.
These creamy garlic scallops are very easy to prepare. The recipe calls for the following ingredients:
- Natural scallops that are milky in color, opaque and soft (not slippery) to the touch.
- Salt and ground black pepper
- Butter and olive oil to pan sear the scallops
- Heavy whipping cream to make the creamy and rich sauce.
The end result was so good that I gobbled everything up myself.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This scallop recipe is only 138 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
This meal is best served with a pasta or rice, for example:Parmesan garlic noodles or easy spaghetti. If you want a lighter dish without cream sauce, try my garlic scallops recipe!
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Creamy Garlic Scallops
- 1 lb. jumbo natural scallops
- ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons white wine or Japanese cooking sake (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley leaves
- 1 slice lemon wedges (quartered, for garnishing, optional)
- Rinse the scallops, pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Heat up a skillet with olive oil and butter. Pan-sear the scallops on both sides until nicely browned, but don't overcook them. Remove and set aside.
- On the same skillet, add the garlic and saute. Add a little bit of olive oil if you want. Add the cream, water, wine, salt and cayenne pepper. Bring it to a gentle simmer until the sauce thickens a bit.
- Add the scallops back into the skillet, add the chopped parsley leaves and lemon wedges, turn off heat and serve immediately.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
LOVE your recipes !!!!! Do you have a recipe for baked scallops ?
Can I substitue 1/2 & 1/2 for the cream (not suppose to have it)
Loved this so much especially served with your parmesan garlic pasta. Yum
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Hello, I made this tonight , it turned out so good. From start to finish it took less than 15 mi utes. My hubby requested I make this again. Thank you for posting such a good yet simple recipe.
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I’m going to try this tonight for Christmas Eve. I’ve never had any luck when it comes to making scallops. I’m hoping this recipe will change that. Can’t wait to try it. Oh and I bought sea scallops from Costco. I bought them frozen in a bag. They come in 2lb bags. I guess I’ll just quadruple the recipe. I hope they come out as good as the picture looks Any tips are welcome. Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted. Merry Christmas everyone
Hi Claudine, good luck and I hope you have success with the scallops. Merry Xmas.
I made this recipe this evening and it was amazing we both loved it, we are garlic lovers so added a lot more garlic than stated and served it over buttery spaghetti will definetly make again thank you.
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I like many of your recipes. How can I share them with friends on Facebook?
Hi Rika – it’s very easy. There are two ways, just copy and paste the URL to your friends, or scroll down on the post, find the blue Facebook (f) button and click on it. It’s above the blue bar that says Join Rasa Malaysia Insider on Facebook.
Could I substitute white wine vinegar?
No, just skip the wine. It’s completely different.
I want to try this recipe again, but have a side of Jasmine rice to dip in the extra sauce!! I just love rice so much. Definitely must try this!! If you are allergic to seafood, this would probably be good with chicken or extra firm tofu fried first.
Sounds good, yes love this creamy garlic scallops recipe.