“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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17 Quick Scallop Recipes You Can Make in 45 Minutes or Less

Creamy, soft, and slightly sweet, scallops remain one of our favorite seafoods to cook. The best part? They happen to be incredibly quick-cooking. Whether we’re grilling outside or heating up a pan come winter, we like to buy scallops when we want something that’s fast, but still tastes indulgent. We love to sear them, grill them, steam them, and serve them raw in a carpaccio—they even make for a luxurious pizza topping, paired with bacon and a garlicky béchamel. (Trust us on this one.) Read on for more scallop recipes we love.

Scallop Crudo with Mango and Pomegranate

Chef Paxx Caraballo Moll uses lemon, lime, and orange along with mango and pomegranate for a huge hit of tropical fruit flavor that skews savory thanks to chopped white onion and serrano chile. The sweet, vegetal balance complements fresh raw diver scallops.

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 

Grilled Scallops on the Shell

Chefs Nick Kim and Chef Jimmy Lau, from Shuko in NYC coat these scallops in a garlicky soy butter before grilling them in their shells.   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.

Scallops with Grapefruit and Bacon

A tangy, buttery white wine and grapefruit sauce with smoky bacon is the perfect accompaniment to sweet sea scallops. Slideshow: Fantastic Scallop Recipes