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A white dinner plate filled with seared scallops topped with sautéed asparagus topped with a brown sauce.

Seared Scallops with Asparagus

Course: Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus, scallops, searing
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 351kcal
Gently seared sea scallops in a lovely white wine butter sauce with asparagus are simply amazing. And easy to make!  This is a show-stopper of a meal that comes together in about 20 minutes. 
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  • 1 lb asparagus ends trimmed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • lb sea scallops
  • ½ tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • ¾ tsp Kosher salt
  • cup dry white wine
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Saute the asparagus, stirring every now and then, until tender...about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the asparagus to a plate. Don't clean out the skillet.
  • Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel, then sprinkle with the pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to the skillet and heat over medium high heat.
  • Saute half of the scallops, flipping once, until nicely browned and just cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes total.
  • Transfer the scallops to another plate, as they are cooked.
  • Wipe out skillet, and add the remaining oil, and repeat with the remaining uncooked scallops. Once cooked, transfer to plate (don't wipe out skillet this time).
  • Carefully add the wine and vinegar to the skillet and boil, scraping up browned bits, until the sauce has reduced to about ¼ cup, about 4 minutes.
  • Add any scallop juices that have accumulated on the plate and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to low and whisk in the butter until melted and incorporated.
  • Add asparagus and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt and cook for about another minute.
  • Serve scallops topped with asparagus and sauce.


See the video in the blog post for a visual tutorial.  


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1108mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1214IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg