Seafood always makes for a delicious lunch or dinner, and that’s just what’s cooking today as we grab a Bite with Belkys.

The Dish: Garlic Butter Scallops

1 Tbs. olive oil
1 pound scallops
6 Tbs. unsalted butter, divided
1 Tsp. minced garlic
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 cup chicken broth (or dry white wine)
1 Tsp. lemon zest
2 Tbs. chopped parsley

Method of Preparation:

  • If scallops are frozen, thaw in cold water. Remove the side muscle from the scallops if attached. Rinse and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat butter in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot and sizzling. Add olive oil. Add the scallops in a single layer without over crowding the pan. Sauté in batches if you need to.
  • Season with salt and pepper and cook for two minutes on each side, or until a gold crust forms.
  • Then, flip and cook again two minutes on the other side until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from skillet and transfer to a plate.
  • Lower the heat and add 1 Tbs. butter and garlic to the pan. Add chicken broth (or wine), scraping up the browned bits. Cook until fragrant and the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Add lemon juice and 4 Tbs. butter, and let it simmer for a few more minutes. Add fresh chopped parsley and add the scallops back in the pan to warm.

Serve by itself, or over rice, pasta, garlic bread or steamed vegetables. Delicious!

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