Seared Scallops with Herbed Brown Butter Sauce

I love seafood for a romantic dinner for two and these sexy Seared Scallops with Herbed Brown Butter Sauce  are the perfect starter for a special night.  The buttery sauce on these juicy scallops combined with fresh herbs and lemon is a wonderful way to tease the taste buds.   Make it extra special by deglazing the pan with champagne!

Seared Scallops with Herbed Brown Butter Sauce | Simply Fresh Dinners

This can be a main dish and serve with rice, asparagus, lobster – the list is as big as your imagination.  The pan juices are also fabulous for bread dipping!

Most importantly, buy a good quality scallop.  If you’re a regular reader, you know I’m a big fan of Marina del Rey’s products.  They deliver every time.  Their scallops are wild caught in their natural habitat – deliciously plump and juicy!

Marina Del Rey Scallops

I’m very excited because Marina Del Rey will be coming out with some new products in the spring and I can’t wait to share them with you.  I’ve already tasted a couple of them and wowsa – they are something special!

Seared Scallops with Herbed Brown Butter Sauce | Simply Fresh Dinners

I included some lightly toasted pine nuts and am pondering including capers next time.  Fabulous, right?  I used thyme and sage but I will try some tarragon in the future because I love it with seafood.

You’ll want to check out these fabulous Marina Del Rey recipes from my talented blogger friends:

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Seared Scallops in Herbed Brown Butter Sauce

I love seafood for a romantic dinner for two and these sexy Seared Scallops with Herbed Brown Butter Sauce  are the perfect starter for a special night.  The buttery sauce on these juicy scallops combined with fresh herbs and lemon is a wonderful way to tease the taste buds. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Robyn Gleason - Simply Fresh Dinners

Ingredients

  • 300 grams Marina Del Rey Foods scallops
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • handful of fresh herbs - thyme, sage or tarragon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
  • Optional - capers - 3 tablespoons

Instructions

  1. Toast pine nuts. Heat a pan over medium heat for a couple minutes and add the pine nuts. You don’t need anything else, no oil, no salt, no pepper

    Allow the pine nuts to toast for 30 – 45 seconds, and then toss them in the pan

    Let them go another 30 seconds or so, and then toss again

    Repeat this process until you start seeing them just brown, then remove them let them cool

    Be careful, not to burn them. They can go from nicely browned to burnt, very quickly, so I suggest you stick around, rather than walking away for a couple minutes  

  2. Heat olive oil in medium sized saucepan, medium high heat.  Pat scallops dry softly. Salt and pepper before adding to saucepan.  Add scallops and cook for three minutes.

  3. Add butter to pan along with garlic and herbs.  Turn scallops over and cook until golden - approximately 2 minutes.

  4. Squeeze lemon juice over scallops and served.  

Recipe Notes

When you are searing the scallops, be sure to leave some space between each so that they are not touching.

If you are buying water packed scallops, be sure to make sure they are dried off with paper towels before cooking.

 

Seared Scallops in Herbed Brown Butter Sauce

6 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    February 11, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    A delicious and beautiful recipe, Robyn!

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    Tania
    February 13, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Wonderful recipe, Robyn! I love the idea of deglazing the pan with champagne!

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    February 14, 2018 at 10:44 am

    LOVE scallops! Plus they’re one of Mrs KR’s favorites, so we have them often. This is a terrific recipe — so simple, yet so flavorful. Thanks!
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    marcie
    March 8, 2018 at 11:30 am

    You always make the best scallop recipes! Whenever I’m able to find MDR scallops this beautiful dish is going to happen!
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    Sherri @ Sweet Enough
    July 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    This looks like the perfect dinner for me and my husband to enjoy when the kids are at my parents’ house 😉 Totally drooling over here! 🙂
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