Frozen sea scallops are generally the only choice for purchasing for those who do not live near a seaport or in a large city where fresh scallops are offered. Because frozen sea scallops thaw and cook quickly, they are perfect for using straight from the bag in recipes calling for scallops. Cooking scallops to perfection means keeping a watch on the cooking time, as frozen or fresh scallops become tough and rubbery if overcooked.
Things You'll Need
- 1 stick butter
- Large, heavy skillet
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Wooden spoon
- 1 tablespoon mixed Italian spices (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1-pound bag frozen sea scallops
Melt the stick of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the 3 tablespoons lemon juice and stir to distribute throughout the butter. Stir in the spices, if desired.
Open the bag of frozen sea scallops and carefully pour them into the simmering butter mixture.
Use the tongs to lay the scallops into the butter in a single layer.
Simmer the scallops for 2 minutes.
Use the tongs to turn the scallops over to the opposite side and let cook until the scallops lose their translucency and are a consistent white color.
Remove the skillet from the heat and serve.