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Seared Scallops in Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce

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The best part of living where I do is being surrounded by pristine waterways, and having friends who send you a message saying “Got scallops for you, will drop them off on my way home”. These beautiful fresh, fat and juicy scallops were begging to be treated with a bit of love.

I find that searing scallops brings out the natural sweetness and when you toss them in this silky, tangy sauce it takes them to a whole other level of yummy.

Serve with a big, fresh salad and you’ve got the perfect fast keto-friendly dinner. Enjoy!

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Allergy information for Seared Scallops in Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs5.3 grams
Protein15.9 grams
Fat22.7 grams
Calories289 kcal
Calories from carbs 7%, protein 22%, fat 71%
Total carbs5.7 gramsFiber0.4 gramsSugars0.4 gramsSaturated fat8.9 gramsSodium787 mg(34% RDA)Magnesium32 mg(8% RDA)Potassium324 mg(16% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 500 g fresh scallops, trimmed (1.1 lb)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (45 ml)
  • 4 tbsp butter or ghee (57 g/ 2 oz)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth (80 ml)
  • juice and zest 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped chives


  1. Place the olive oil into a frying pan and heat over a high heat.
    Seared Scallops in Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce
  2. Turn heat back slightly and place scallops into pan, careful not to overcrowd them, cook them in batches if you need to. Cook for 3 minutes on each side without moving them around.
    Note: You can use frozen scallops, just make sure that they’re completely defrosted before you cook them. Seared Scallops in Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce
  3. Remove from pan and sit aside.
    Seared Scallops in Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce
  4. Add 3 Tablespoons of the butter into the pan, add finely chopped garlic and cook until softened. Add chicken broth and cook until reduced and thickened slightly.
    Seared Scallops in Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce
  5. Add remaining 1 Tablespoon of butter, lemon juice and zest and chopped herbs and mix through.
  6. Return scallops to pan and warm through. Store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2 days. Seared Scallops in Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Scallops, raw
4 g15.1 g0.6 g86 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g10.1 g90 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g11.5 g102 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g0.4 g0.4 g5 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.8 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Lemon zest (peel), fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Chives, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
5.3 g15.9 g22.7 g289 kcal

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Naomi is the force behind Naomi Sherman, Food Creative. She is passionate about recipe development, food photography and styling.

An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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Comments (5)

This recipe sounds deliciously scrumptious. I bought bay scallops today (frozen) and will make your recipe one day this week. When I make it, I will share it on IG and tag you. I'm drooling already!

Please do!

Thanks for delicious Recipe!

Thanks, yummy and simple recipe. I used fish as the base which I fried in the oil first then made the sauce as written.
Very tasty - also very lemony as I guess my 1 lemon was bigger than what you used. I’ll be making this again soon.

Thank you for your lovely feedback!