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How To Cook Perfect Scallops


Check out inspirations for Japanese Scallops Recipes in our Pinterest board!

Scallops are not inexpensive, so it can be a little intimidating to cook them. What if you mess up such an expensive dinner?

This is the beautiful thing about scallops, though; once you understand how quickly they are cooked, you’ll never mess them up. They take just four to five minutes to cook — that’s it! We’ll show you below, step by step, how to do this, but the gist is simple: Sear in an oiled skillet for about two minutes on each side. Done!

Don’t limit scallops to your favorite seafood restaurant! Scallops are a quick and versatile menu item for home cooking as well. Search out fresh scallops and we offer them at Tensuke Market. The scallops should be moist and have a sweet smell. Frozen scallops are convenient and rival fresh in terms of taste and texture.

When it comes to cooking scallops, there are several options, but almost all have the following elements in common.

  • Quick-cooking technique: Scallops are a lean protein source and should be cooked quickly under high heat to prevent them from drying out. Also, a high-heat cooking method results in a pleasant browning on the outside and a delicious caramelized flavor.

  • Added fat: Because scallops are so lean, they require some fat such as oil or butter during cooking.

  • Seasoning: Scallops are mild and need a little flavor boost. It can be as simple as a squeeze of lemon, a dry rub, or a complex Asian sauce.


Scallops are almost always a sustainable choice in seafood; they’re a safe option in terms of sustainability.


Scallops’ quick-cooking properties also mean that you should have everything else for your meal ready to go before putting them in the pan. Scallops are the last thing to go on the plate, so have your pasta, sauce, or salad ready and waiting before you cook the scallops.


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