How many times have you gone to the grocery store and walked by the fish market without stopping? Well, the next time you do, STOP! I really enjoy getting fresh fish from the grocery store and making it that day. Every time I make fish at home, I feel like I’m getting a fancy restaurant experience in the comfort of my home. One of my favorite fresh fish to get at the grocery store and make at home are scallops. Scallops are decadent, a little bit fancy, and really healthy. Seared Brown Butter Lemon Scallops are divine! This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and 5 SmartPoints for 4 scallops!!
The first time I made scallops, I didn’t expect it to be so easy to make. The key to cooking scallops is to keep them warm after they have been cooked and to cook them in a medium to high pre-heated skillet. I recommend pre-heating the oven on the lowest temperature possible (typically 150-200 degrees) and put a baking dish in the oven. Next, heat up the skillet on medium to high heat for about 2 minutes. Once the skillet is heated up, add some butter then add the scallops. Cooking scallops at a high temperature and adding butter creates not only a perfect sear and crust to the fish, but also creates a creamy brown butter sauce. I always recommend cooking with a cast iron skillet, and this recipe is a great reason to buy one if you don’t have one already!
Scallops are a very versatile fish because you can top them with any type of sauce, but my current favorite is lemon butter garlic sauce. Fish love butter and this sauce is fresh, light, and super quick to make. Once the scallops are seared on each side, remove them from the skillet and place in the baking dish in the oven. You will make the sauce in the same skillet! Just reduce the heat to medium low, add butter and once the butter is melted add the garlic. Cook the garlic for a few minutes, then add lemon and there you go… the sauce is done!
Seared Brown Butter Lemon Scallops are decadent, flavorful and I guarantee once you make it, you will feel like you are getting a restaurant experience at home! If you want to really make this a full restaurant experience, serve the scallops with Chili Butter Acorn Squash or Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. Now that’s a delicious meal!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
For Seared Brown Butter Lemon Scallops, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: