Seared Sea Scallops in Wine Sauce


I buy beautiful, HUGE 3″ sea scallops (reason for cook times below) at Sam’s during the holidays so I have some to cook this way throughout the year.   If you are fortunate enough to leave near the coast, by all means, use fresh scallops.  Be sure to adjust cook times for smaller scallops.  As written, this recipe is unacceptable for Induction.  But if you leave out the wine, it is Induction friendly!    The nutritional info below reflects the inclusion of the wine.


16 sea scallops, approximately 3″ in diameter

2 T. unsalted butter for sautéing

2 T. more butter for sauce

1/3 c. finely chopped parsley

1 lg. clove minced garlic

1 oz. lemon juice (fresh)

¼ c. dry white wine (omit or use chicken broth if on Induction)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400º.  Melt 2 T. butter in non-stick 14″ skillet over high heat.  Sear only 4 scallops for 3 minutes on a side (less, of course, for smaller scallops).  Do not crowd pan with more than 4 at a time or the juice they bleed out will cause them to simmer rather than sear.  Remove to a plate temporarily.  Repeat until all scallops are seared.   Replace all scallops in pan and pop into preheated oven for 10 minutes (less for small scallops).  Remove scallops to plate and put skillet on medium flame atop stove.  Add the 2 additional tablespoons of butter, lemon juice, parsley, garlic and wine.  Simmer 2 minutes longer,  add scallops back and serve with a nice green salad or your favorite green vegetable.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings (4 scallops per serving).  Each serving has:

257.5 calories, 18.6g fat, 8.33g carbs (yes, scallops have carbs!) 0.55g fiber, 7.78g  NET CARBS, 12g  protein, 339 mg sodium

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