Simple Herbed Scallops Recipe

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Living in Kansas, fresh seafood can be hard to come by. Luckily, frozen scallops aren't. This dish offers an "East Coast" taste to those of us in the Midwest.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 to 3/4 pound fresh or frozen sea scallops, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/4 pound) equals 278 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 528 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 20 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in the lemon juice, chives, parsley, garlic salt, tarragon and pepper.
  2. Place scallops in a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Pour butter mixture over scallops. Melt remaining butter and toss with bread crumbs; sprinkle over scallops.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until scallops are opaque and topping is lightly browned. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Simple Herbed Scallops in Cooking for One or Two Cookbook 2003, p213

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Simple to make and full of flavor. Will be making this again soon!!"

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"I omitted the tarragon but added frozen shrimp. This recipe is so simple and delicious. My entire family enjoys this and looks forward to having it again and again!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"I added salad sized shrimp to this recipe and omitted the tarragon. Such a delicious recipe. I am looking forward to making it again!"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"These were very tasty and quick to make. The whole family enjoyed them."

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