Seared Scallops
Scallops may seem intimidating but when you know what to do they’re actually quite simple to prepare.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4


1 lb (500 g) sea scallops, about 16 pieces

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) butter


1. Remove the small side muscle from the scallop; discard. Pat dry well with paper towel. Season generously with salt and pepper.

2. Heat the oil and butter in a large heavy-bottom skillet set over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Add the scallops to the pan without crowding.

3. Cook, without disturbing, for 2 minutes or until there is a 1/4-inch (5 mm) crust. Loosen from skillet and turn over. Cook for 1 minute or until browned on the outside but still translucent in the center.

Serve immediately.

Amanda Riva is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.