Sautéed Bay Scallops with Lemon and Thyme

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scallopsIf you are looking for fast and easy, try this scallop recipe! You can make sautéed scallops in less than 10 minutes: just sauté them and sprinkle with a little lemon juice and fresh thyme and serve. For a bit more flavor and glamour — but still quite easy — serve the version below.

(Makes 4 servings)


1 pound fresh bay scallops
2 tablespoons butter (divided into two pieces)
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped thyme

Rinse scallops and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add oil and 1 tablespoon butter to a large skillet; heat over medium high heat about 1 minute. Add scallops to pan, a few at a time, cooking 1-2 minute per side or until they are golden brown on the outside but still translucent in the middle. Place scallops on a heated platter and cover with foil.

Return skillet to burner and add shallots and cook for about 2 minutes. Add wine, lemon juice and thyme to pan and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining tablespoon of butter. Return scallops to the pan and toss with the sauce. Serve immediately.

Note: You can sauté scallops in olive oil or other oil only; adding some butter, however, gives them a nice golden brown color