Pan-Seared Scallops With Herb Butter Sauce

Total Time
25mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This dish is so easy to make, but tastes like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours. This scallop dish makes an excellent main course served over fettuccine with some asparagus on the side…. however you serve it, it is sure to be a hit!!! So, If you’re looking for a dish that’s as easy as it is romantic, look no further!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Rinse scallops under cold water. Pat the scallops dry with paper towels; surface moisture prevents browning.
  2. Heat a 10- or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the oil and butter, and heat until hot. Pat the scallops dry once more and put them in the pan in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper and let sear undisturbed until one side is browned and crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Using tongs, turn the scallops and sear until the second side is well browned and the scallops are almost firm to the touch, 2 to 4 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, transfer the scallops to a plate, and set them aside. Let the pan cool for a minute before you make the sauce.
  3. Return the pan to medium heat. Add half of the butter (1 1/2 tbsp.) and the leeks; sauté until the leeks begin to soften, about 1 minute. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by about half, another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the herbs and lemon zest. Reduce the heat to low, add the remaining butter, and whisk constantly until the butter melts into the sauce. Return the scallops and any gathered juices to the pan. Gently roll the scallops in the sauce to warm them through. Taste for salt and pepper and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side to squeeze over the scallops.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!
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Made for New Kids on the Block tag game and I am so glad I choose this recipe! Delicious! I followed the instructions and they turned out wonderful and DH could do or say anything but yummmmm. I served this with Fluffy Rice Pilaf#223199 and garlic sauteed spinach. Needless to say we had a very tasty dinner.

mama smurf August 25, 2013