Pan Seared Scallops

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Scallops can be prepared in a variety of ways...used in soups, stews, chowders, breaded and fried, or wrapped in bacon, then broiled. Besides sauteing these meaty scallops with seasonal greens and XO sauce, my other favourite way is sear them quickly in a hot pan so that the outside gets a crisp, golden brown crust and the inside remains succulent and tender.

  • 5 Scallops
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 50 ml Dry white wine
  • 1/2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • Some salad mix to serve
  1. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle them with a bit of salt and black pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add scallops and cook until they are golden brown on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan.
  2. Add wine and vinegar to pan. Cook 2 minutes until slightly thick and stir in the scallops. Turn off the heat and remove. Serve with some salad mix.
Pan Seared Scallops


Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 20/7/10 06:24

I like scallops, your way of serving scallops, sound really refreshing and good, must try one day.

Shirley @ Kokken69 20/7/10 06:29

Don't we all love scallops! Yes seared scallops are the best!

Fresh Local and Best 20/7/10 06:53

I adore seared scallops! Those pieces look very meaty and delicious!

kitchen flavours 20/7/10 07:32

Delicious looking meal! I have eaten scallops usually either in stir-fry dishes or in soups, but I have not tasted them pan seared. Yours look really good. Will have to try this out!

My Little Space 20/7/10 07:33

Gee... Angie, what a delicious expensive dish! Yummm.... None fat meal... looks perfect for me! haha... Have a great day, darling.
Ceers, Kristy

theUngourmet 20/7/10 07:37

Can you believe I used to dislike scallops. Recently I have become quite fond of them. Putting them into a nice salad is a fantastic idea. I know I'd love this!

Jeannie 20/7/10 07:55

Delicious! I love fresh scallops, they are so sweet. Looks really good on the salad.

Krishnaveni 20/7/10 08:20

simple and delicious salad, sounds great

jelena 20/7/10 08:28

can not find scallops here...what a pity....

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 20/7/10 09:00

I love scallops (there's even a story of 5 year old me keeping a whole platter to myself at a work lunch with my dad) so these are a must-make.

Magic of Spice 20/7/10 09:05

How gorgeous are these babies, all nestled with their greens...Perfect!

Priya 20/7/10 09:43

Delicious and tempting dish, my H's favourite..

Heavenly Housewife 20/7/10 10:04

I really love scallops. They have almost a sweetness to them. This salad looks wonderful, and the scallops look perfectly cooked.
*kisses* HH

Jess @ Bakericious 20/7/10 10:21

Angie, this is delicious, I am going to get some scallops!

Cheah 20/7/10 10:23

Really mouth-watering Angie! Alas, I'll be having maggi mee for dinner, 'cos I'm home alone today!

Ho Ho Ho 20/7/10 11:38

I have never try cooking scallops before... I should try... one day..:)

Peter M 20/7/10 12:11

You seared these scallops perfectly! I want scallops now (even though it's breakfast time).

Anncoo 20/7/10 12:30

Your presentation is amazing! I would like to have that whole plate ;DD

pegasuslegend 20/7/10 12:57

the perfect topping for salad, but I can eat a ton of these and leave the lettuce behind...they look amazing. I make them like this on the grill all time we just love them...nice presentation and a great picture!

Vrinda 20/7/10 13:41

Nice way to serve scallops,love the golden color..

Belinda @zomppa 20/7/10 13:42

I adore scallops...your plate is beautiful.

Joanne 20/7/10 14:02

Those scallops look perfectly cooked! Seriously impressive.

OysterCulture 20/7/10 14:51

I love pan fried scallops and I bet with the addition of the wine and balsamic vinegar these little beauties just sing.

Dishesdone 20/7/10 14:53

They look better than fantastic! They look absolutely deliciously perfect!


GORGEOUS!!! This makes me want to run out to the fish market!

Abhilash 20/7/10 16:16

wow they appear tasty and delicious.

Honey Bee Sweets 20/7/10 16:19

Such simple ingredients and yet deliver such an elegant and delicious meal, nice!

Nadji 20/7/10 16:25

Un plat de chef. BRAVO!
Bonne semaine et à bientôt.

Mary 20/7/10 16:36

I adore scallops and yours look delicious. Your presentation is really elegant. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chow and Chatter 20/7/10 16:37

oh these look wonderful I so need to try cooking scallops

Ju (The Little Teochew) 20/7/10 16:55

PERFECTLY seared and beautifully presented. I love how you made the little bits of char around the edges!

Nithu 20/7/10 16:57

Looks so fresh and yummy. Nice clicks...

Kendra 20/7/10 17:29

Looks so easy to make and absolutely delicious! Love scallops!

Cookin' Canuck 20/7/10 17:31

What a beautiful, simple preparation of scallops. This glaze would let the natural sweetness of the scallops shine through.

Cristina 20/7/10 17:48

These scallops are perfectly browned but still succulent. Lovely on the bed of lettuces. I'm making this for dinner, this week!

Swigs and Grinds 20/7/10 20:00

These look great! My sister has been on a scallop kick lately & I've been very jealous! It's time to get some I think!

Mythreyi Dilip 20/7/10 20:26

Very delicious and quick meal dear:)

Yummy Team 20/7/10 21:00

Tempting pictures, loved this recipe..

Chef Dennis 20/7/10 21:04

those are gorgeous scallops Angie!! served over a light salad is perfect! what a great presentation, and such a beautiful image! You really captured the dish, how delicious those scallops look!

pigpigscorner 20/7/10 21:21

Yum...look so juicy! and looks so tasty with the browned crust!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 20/7/10 21:43

OMG, that looks so mouthwatering! Those scallops are perfectly cooked.



Foodessa 20/7/10 22:59

Angie...I absolutely agree with your chosen cooking method.
I usually use 'Sherry' as the spirited booster ;o)
Next time...I'll certainly give your balsamic and white wine combo a try.

Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

lisaiscooking 20/7/10 23:13

Seared scallops are my favorite. Yours look fantastic!

Claudia 21/7/10 00:16

Angie - this is so grand. My type of summer meal - simple, light and deliciously packed with flavor.

I Love. Therefore, I Cook. 21/7/10 03:20

wow this looks really yummy :) i really like your recipes (and your blog and photos too!). i thought you should be given the versatile blogger award :)

mr. pineapple man 21/7/10 03:22

mmmm scallops! the pic is very well taken too!

tigerfish 21/7/10 04:15

I made pan-seared scallops last week and mine were definitely not as charred perfect as yours :P

edith 21/7/10 05:48

your pan fried scallops are definitely making me drools.

Joy 21/7/10 05:50

I love scallops. I love simple recipes that really display the flavors of the food.

Jo 21/7/10 06:07

These scallops look so, so scrumptious, fat and juicy. Definitely a delicious dish.

The Duo Dishes 21/7/10 07:31

The seared method is the best way! Scallops are some of the best seafood. They're awesome with the crispy exterior.

3 hungry tummies 21/7/10 08:23

I can have this everyday and the fish picada looks like my type of food too!

MaryMoh 21/7/10 11:44

This looks very simple and delicious. A great starter. I love balsamic vinegar.

Christine@Christine's Recipes 21/7/10 13:59

Pan-fried scallops are gorgeous with any kind of greens. I just stir fried them with broccoli for tonight's dinner.

girlichef 21/7/10 15:26

Those are so pretty, Angie! The color is out of this world, enough to make me wish I could bite into one. ;)

marla {family fresh cooking} 21/7/10 15:37

I love pan seared scallops. These look great & very versatile. I usually top my salads with this kind of recipe. Lovely photos!

natural selection 21/7/10 17:08

Delicious! A wide selection of seafood where I'm cooking right now in the Canadian Rockies. And you have just given me an idea of what to pair with a new white wine I have selected, thanks for the inspiration! and your scallops are cooked to perfection!

BTW: I'm in an area specializing in Siegerrebe grapes German in origin!

Pete 21/7/10 17:10

Scallops very expensive here. Saw some small ones at the market the other day....might check them out next time!

lishapisa 21/7/10 19:18

Hi Angie, your seared scallops looks perfect! such lovely simple dish.I want this for lunch today :)
Thank you,

Fimère 21/7/10 19:23

une cuisson parfaite et dorée comme je les aime
bonne journée

Michelle @ Find Your Balance 21/7/10 21:53

I love, love, love scallops but have never cooked them at home!

Cinnamon-Girl 22/7/10 02:39

Your scallops are perfect Angie! I should make this for my Mom, she adores them!

♥peachkins♥ 22/7/10 03:06

scallops!!! this is heaven!

Kitchen Corner 22/7/10 05:41

WOW! This is a very high class dish. I will try to make this when there is specially occasion. Your dish makes me drooling, very delicious!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 22/7/10 08:29

It's pretty weird for me to realise that as much as I love scallops and as many times as I have eaten them, I have never cooked them at home!!

LOL Gorgeous recipe! Thanks :)

noobcook 22/7/10 10:15

fresh scallops are the best. love the brown bits from the searing. recipe bookmarked :)

Lazaro Cooks! 22/7/10 18:14

A perfectly cooked scallop is one of life's real treats. Great job!

fotographiafoodie 23/7/10 01:10

These look phenomenal. Going to have to try - the browning on them is gorgeous!

sweetlife 23/7/10 02:19

i love scallops with white wine, it gives them such great flavor


A Thought For Food 23/7/10 17:46

I'd never thought to do them as a salad! Pairing them with balsamic is BRILLIANT! And boy did you get some nice color on them! Now I'm hungry...

Hornsfan 24/7/10 01:48

Beautiful recipe, looks delicious!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac 25/7/10 09:31

so easy, beautiful and delicious. I like the addition of white wine :)

Chef E 26/7/10 21:20

As always, you have made me want something I will have to go buy immediately!

☺lani☺ 4/8/10 18:56

Here's another one! yummylicious (if there's word like that!)


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