"If there is a candy of the sea, it's scallops," says chef David Levi of Portland, Maine's Vinland. "Incredibly sweet and firm, winter scallops in Maine are truly one of the most delicious foods in the world, and there's very little one needs to do to prepare them." Scallops only require a couple minutes on each side in a searing hot pan to achieve that beautiful golden crust. With a little self-control—don't touch them, move them around the pan or continuously flip—your scallops will be perfect every time. From great cooking videos to easy recipes, F&W's guide to scallops will help you along the way.

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Scallop Grenobloise
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Grenobloise means in the style of the southeastern French city of Grenoble, and refers to a classic French sauce of lemon and capers. Here, beautifully seared scallops with a golden crust are served in a sauce popping with acidity from lemon, brininess from capers, and slight warmth from mildly piquant jalapeños. Toss them with a favorite pasta for a quick, simple meal. For the best results, seek out Massachusetts dayboat scallops. They are harvested daily and are dry-packed, which yields the best flavor and sear.
Seared Scallops with Pomegranate and Meyer Lemon
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At Bavel in Los Angeles, Chef Ori Menashe serves shallow bowls of scallop aguachile, and diners can’t get enough. “It’s a roller-coaster flavor journey—sweet, sour, spicy, crunchy, soft, aromatic, floral, smoky, savory from the salt. So many things going on!” Menashe says. Our riff on his raw dish sends scallops to the skillet for a quick sear before bobbing in the spicy pomegranate reduction. Fresh lemon, orange, and pomegranate juices paired with serrano chile bring heat and fresh, fruity flavor to sweet scallops. Quickly searing the scallops ensures each one has the perfect texture: a lightly crisp, golden brown exterior and a tender, nearly translucent center.
9 Quick Scallop Recipes You Can Make in 45 Minutes or Less
There's a lot to love about scallops, from their creamy texture to how fast they cook. These scallop recipes are so quick, you can have them on the table in under an hour. No matter which recipe you choose, you'll have a meal that's just as delicious as it is speedy.
Butter-Basted Scallops with Spring Greens and Snap Peas
You’ve likely seen the restaurant technique of tilting a skillet so that the butter pools at one edge and can be spooned repeatedly over meat or seafood. Culinary Director Justin Chapple uses the technique with seared sea scallops, letting the butter caramelize until browned and nutty. Crisp-tender snap peas, spinach, and dandelion greens finish in the same pan for a truly springy, masterful main dish. Slideshow: More Scallop Recipes 
Local Scallop Sashimi
Chef’s Nick Kim and Chef Jimmy Lau from Shuko in NYC share their recipe for this easy, summery scallop sashimi. Use your favorite flaky sea salt as a substitute for seaweed salt. Slideshow: More Scallop Recipes 
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
These two-bite quintessential cocktail-party scallops never get old. The bacon adds nice smoky flavor, but you can also prepare this recipe with prosciutto or pancetta. Slideshow: More Scallop Recipes 

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Sancerre-Poached Scallops with Soft Grits
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Food & Wine's Justin Chapple uses white wine—Sancerre especially—to delicately poach scallops. If you don't have Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc is delicious, too. Slideshow: More Scallop Recipes 
Steamed Scallops with Garlic
These garlicky steamed scallops come together in less than 30 minutes, making for a quick and easy appetizer.This recipe originally appeared in CHINA: THE COOKBOOK by Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan.
Our Favorite Recipes for Scallops

Scallops are wonderfully versatile — we think they're equally delicious whether they're perfectly seared in butter or thinly sliced in a carpaccio. From crispy fritters to fragrant soups, here are the best recipes for fresh, tender scallops.