Lemon-Garlic Butter Scallops


In this healthy scallop recipe, lemon brightens up sweet scallops. Serve the lemon-garlic butter scallops alongside sautéed spinach with a piece of toasted whole-grain bread to sop up the buttery sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
16 scallops


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 16 sea scallops (about 1 pound), tough side muscle removed, patted dry

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus wedges for serving

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops with pepper and salt; cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip scallops and add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and garlic. Continue cooking, spooning the liquid over the scallops, until browned on the bottom and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
9g Fat
3g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 8g 15%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Vitamin A 348IU 7%
Vitamin C 3mg 4%
Folate 12mcg 3%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 143mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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