The Secret to Perfectly Seared Scallops

September 29, 2022

When you head to the grocery store to buy scallops, do you know what you’re purchasing? Generally speaking, there are two types of scallop products available: “wet packed” and “dry packed.” Harmons seafood departments only sell dry packed scallops and we are passionate about why! Not only do dry scallops deliver a better eating experience (by far!), they are also healthier. Read below to learn why Harmons chefs and dietitians choose Harmons dry packed sea scallops:

Expert Tip: How can you tell if a scallop is wet or dry?

Look at the color. Wet scallops will look pure white—like a sheet of paper. Dry scallops are milky, off-white—like a pearl. Are your scallops frozen? This is also an indicator that they are likely wet pack. It’s very rare to find a frozen, “dry” scallop. Also, be sure to ask your fish monger. A knowledgeable person will know what type of product they are selling.

Ready for that perfect, brown crust?

  1. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat your pan over high heat and use an appropriate high-heat fat (like canola, grapeseed or avocado oil).
  3. Once oil is very hot, sear the scallops on first side for 1-2 minutes (don’t move them, just let them cook). Cook on second side for another 1-2 minutes without moving.
  4. During the last minute, you can add a little butter and garlic to the pan if desired. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon.