Everyone knows shrimp, salmon, tilapia, tuna, etc. as the kings and queens of the sea. Easy to prepare, full of flavor, and a great source of protein, but one of the forgotten gems of the sea is the scallop. Scallops, if cooked correctly, are delicate and delicious and make a great addition to any seafood dish or as their own entree. Preparing scallops is easy enough, so I thought I'd share a recipe for a simple, garlic and lemon seared scallop. I served them over spaghetti squash, hence seared "scalopetti".
2 cloves of garlic, minced
spices of choice (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes
4 oz of scallops
To prepare, spray a frying pan with non-stick spray and adding your garlic to the pan on the stove top on medium high heat, just until it becomes fragrant. Squeeze the lemon over your scallops and add whatever spices you want to each side of the scallop before adding it to the pan with the garlic. Allow the scallops to cook on each side for about 2 minutes, flipping only ONCE to ensure browning. If you flip prematurely, you can flip once more to make sure the scallops cook all the way through, but if you flip and flip and flip and flip, you won't have any browning!