Seared Scallops with Brown Butter Beer Sauce

by lisa on January 18, 2018 · 6 comments

Scallops are up there in my list of favorite things to eat. So when I won a gift card to Fulton Fish Market I knew what I would be getting. This scallop recipe is a special of dinner but very easy to make and cooks in no time.

I ordered some dry scallops which were U/10 meaning 10 or less per pound. They were really nice sized scallops and I always prefer the dry ones. Dry scallops no preservatives and do not produce much water when cooking them. The downside is that dry scallops are more expensive however the extra money is worth every penny. They are sweet and fresh tasting. I never buy any other type.

My favorite pan to cook scallops in is a cast iron skillet. The pan gets really hot and the scallops get a really nice seared crust. I use grapeseed oil because it has a very high smoking point. I also pat the scallops dry with paper towels before they are added to the pan. Doing all these things insures a beautiful golden crust.

I am not a stranger to cooking with wine and a light wine sauce would go perfect with scallops. But this time I decided to try beer instead. Since there is a craft beer craze, I have jumped on the beer wagon. I’ve never been a beer girl until now. So many flavors and different kinds that now I like beer. My favorite are the fruity beers with overtones of citrus and mango. A lemony beer would be perfect in this recipe. Since it only needs half a cup, feel free to drink the rest while cooking.

This is a perfect dinner to make for Valentines day. As a matter of fact, I might make this with some butternut squash and mushroom risotto or pasta to go on the side. Valentines Day is on a week night this year and this simple dish can be on your table in under 3o minutes. Do you have your menu planned yet?

Happy cooking!

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Seared Scallops with Brown Butter Beer Sauce
Recipe type: Easy Dinner
Cuisine: Seafood
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Serves: 4 servings
This scallop recipe is nothing less than special. Make it for a special occasion or when you want an elegant dinner that is so easy to create.
  • One pound large dry scallops
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ cup beer (citrus types work best)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  1. Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a cast iron pan on medium high heat. Add the scallops to the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until they have a nice sear on them. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  3. Add the butter to the pan and turn heat to medium. Cook until butter starts to foam and turns slightly brown. Add beer, honey and thyme. Whisk mixture and cook for a few minutes until liquid is reduced by over half. Add parsley. Place scallops back in pan and pour sauce over them.
  4. Serve scallops with extra sauce poured over them. Enjoy!

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Penny January 19, 2018 at 7:04 am

{Didn’t know that is how scallops were sized}
This sounds delicious! I wonder, how big do scallops get?


Julie Hoag January 19, 2018 at 10:43 pm

My husband and boys would love this, they love seafood! I will have to try out this recipe for them. I bet they will adore it!


Tanvi Rastogi January 20, 2018 at 8:31 am

We are not sea food eater in our house … but I love the photography. Will check out our other vegetarian recipes 🙂



Steph January 20, 2018 at 8:55 am

I love scallops but have never tried making them!


Kirsty January 21, 2018 at 4:43 am

They look awesome!!! Pinning this for later 🙂


Liz January 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm

I love, love scallops, but I haven’t swayed the hubby to my point of view yet! I’ll need to make these gems when he’s out of town 🙂


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