You can grill, steam, or sear scallops (we prefer the latter as you will soon see). They can be the star of any seafood dish without a whole lot of effort.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Atlantic scallops are not overfished and regulations are in place to guard against bycatch. They are healthy reproducers (one scallop can produce up to 2 million eggs) and their biology ensures they don’t filter water so they are not as susceptible to toxins. (Get more scallop factoids like these here.)

No, we are not lobbying for the seafood industry. However, we do see this tasty and quick-cooking protein as a real opportunity on restaurant menus, especially when the hero scallop story is told. It’s also a great dish to make in your own kitchen quickly.

Some might even say it’s a great Valentine’s Day meal for your sweetheart…

seared scallops recipe

Seared Scallops With Garlic Butter Noodles Recipe


  • 6 oz Angel Hair Pasta
  • 3 Large Scallops
  • 1 t Kosher Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper, Black, Ground
  • 1/4 c Compound Butter (from Epicurean Butter)
  • 1 T Garlic
  • 1 Lemon Wheel


  1. Cook pasta according to the instructions on the box, set aside
  2. Dry scallops and season with kosher salt and black pepper
  3. Melt butter in bowl
  4. Heat sauté pan to near smoking
  5. Sear and cook scallops thoroughly on both sides
  6. Pull scallops and drop in the melted butter
  7. Lower temperature to medium on sauté pan, add garlic, and cook until fragrant
  8. Add cooked pasta to sauté pan for 3 to 4 minutes until reheated
  9. Plate pasta and top with butter sauce and scallops

The above recipe is for one serving, but you can easily double or triple or quadruple for the whole family. If you are interested in developing a recipe like this for your restaurant brand, let’s talk. Reach out to FDR to discuss our services.

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