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Seared Scallops with Butter Recipe

Seared Scallops with Pinot Gris Butter Sauce

Elegant and Easy. Perfect scallop recipe for a special dinner.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 304kcal


  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots minced
  • 2 cups Pinot Gris
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup fish stock or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 1 Cup baby spinach packed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 16 large sea scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper flakes optional


  • In a dry skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat until golden, 2 minutes; transfer to a plate lightly crush the nuts.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until browned, 4 minutes. Add the wine and thyme; boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, 15 minutes. Add the stock and boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, 9 minutes longer. Add the cream, bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  • Whisk in the butter, 4 pieces at a time, until the sauce is thickened and smooth; set the pan over low heat as necessary to help melt the butter. Stir in the chives and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the spinach with the lemon juice and the remaining olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil. Season the scallops with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, turning once, until browned but barely cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Place a helping of spinach on a plate and top with cooked scallops. Garnish with the pine nuts and pepper flakes. Spoon the sauce on top and serve.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.2mg