Seared scallops are so easy to make, 3 minutes per side and they are perfectly cooked. It pairs perfectly with Green Peas and Beans and is ideal for a casual dinner party with friends or as a weeknight dinner for family.

Seared Scallops with Green Peas, Beans

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 2 people




Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.


    • Pat the scallops dry on a paper towel and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    • Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat for 2 or 3 minutes.
    • Add seasoned scallops to a small bowl and add a drizzle of olive oil, turning the scallops to cover all sides.
    • Place scallops in the dry hot skillet and sear until the scallops get a golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, per side.
    • Remove skillet from heat and keep seared scallops warm.


    • Place a generous portion of the peas and green beans on a serving plate, top with seared scallops.

    Author Notes

    I now use this searing method for all my recipes calling for seared sea scallops. It is absolutely fool-proof, and the scallops turn out beautifully cooked each time. I found this cooking method demonstrated by Jaques Pépin from one of his cooking shows filmed many years ago. This clearly evolved after decades of experience in the kitchen. 

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