I love scallops. They are easy to cook, they are delicious and readily available, This dish requires minimal prep and anyone can do it.
To make pan seared scallops I start with a seasoned flour. It is all purpose flour, salt, pepper, granulated garlic and paprika. Sometimes I put Cajun seasoning into the seasoned flour if I want a little extra spice.
Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel and coat them in the seasoned flour.
Heat sauté pan on the stove on medium to high heat. When the pan is hot, add cooking oil. I use olive oil but you can use what you like. When the oil is hot, place the scallops carefully into the pan gently without splattering yourself. Do not move them around until they are browned.
Carefully brown the scallops on both sides.
If there's any oil in the pan I dump that out. In the video here, I wipe the pan out with a paper towel . This is only for visual for video as the browned flour parts tend to make the sauce less visually appealing. At home, without making a video, I do not clean the pan out. You can put scallops in a 300 degree oven while you make sauce. (only a couple minutes)
Now it's time to make the sauce. Put a litttle olive oil in pan and the chopped garlic onto the oil.. Approximately one teaspoon.
Once the garlic starts to brown in the bottom of the pan then it's time to add the wine. Approximately one third of a cup. CAUTION, adding white wine can cause the pan to flame up. If you are not familiar with cooking with alcohol, be careful. If you're concerned about this, you can take the pan away from the burner and add the wine there, as I did in the video to protect the camera. Then lower the flame, add your wine and then gently put it back onto the burner. White wine is not very flammable but it can flare up in a hot pan.
Squeeze in the juice of one lemon, ( I like a lot of lemon, but 1/2 lemon will do) some cracked black pepper, and a pinch of salt.
Now you can turn heat back up and let the sauce cook down. This whole proces should only take maybe two or three minutes.
If you don't want to put scallops in the ovn at all, you do not have to as you can add scallops back to the pan just let cook in the sauce for a minute on each side, this will finish the cooking process. If your liquid in the pan reduces too much, you can always add some more wine to supplement.
Sprinkle chopped chives into the sauce. Remove pan from heat and add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of butter to finish the sauce and mix in.
In the picture I have fresh chives over the top for garnish.