Simple Pan Seared Scallops

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With 5 basic ingredients, these Simple Pan Seared Scallops are a snap to whip up. The wholesome dish will please family members, dinner guests, and in-laws alike! Read on for the easy how-to.

Sprinkle your scallops with salt and pepper. Pour coconut oil in a skillet and heat. Cook the scallops to golden brown perfection (attained in only four minutes). Serve with zesty lemon and warm veggies or whole-wheat pasta. Sit back and savor each luscious bite!

By searing the scallops in coconut oil as opposed to conventional oils, you add a bucketful of health benefits to the dish. Coconut oil contains plentiful fatty acids that are essential to your health. The soft, savory fish boasts a protein-packed, vitamin-rich profile proven to boost your immune system and protect against heart attacks.

Simple Pan Seared Scallops

simple pan seared scallops

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 4- 5 scallops | Calories: 118 | Total Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 590mg | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 14g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3 |


  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 pound scallops (wild caught preferred), side-muscle removed, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Pour oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  2. After a few seconds, once oil is shimmering but not smoking (remove pan from heat briefly if smoking), add scallops so they are not touching.
  3. Sear scallops for about 2 minutes on one side. Turn and repeat. Scallops should be golden brown on the outside, slightly firm, and can have some translucency in the centers.
  4. Serve with lemon wedges and vegetables or over a simple whole wheat pasta.
  5. Enjoy!

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