Sauteed Shrimp and Scallops Recipe

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December 4th 2022
Last updated on March 26th 2024
Sarah Leadon

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Sautéed scallops and shrimp are a delicacy that's cooked in 10 minutes. Sautéed scallops and shrimp are among the best options for a quick weeknight dinner, special occasion, or date night. 

Searing scallops and shrimp in olive oil make the dish. Then, the shrimp and scallops are tossed in butter with aromatic garlic and shallots. The shrimp and scallops get a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving. These sautéed scallops and shrimp go best with cauliflower ricebrown rice, or pesto pasta to complete the meal. 

 

How long does it take to sauté shrimp on the stove?

It takes about 2-3 minutes per side to sauté jumbo or large shrimp. 
 

What should I season my shrimp with?

Salt and pepper are the most basic seasonings for shrimp. However, you can also season shrimp with smoked paprika, lemon juice, or lime juice to add more flavor.  
 

Is it better to boil or sauté shrimp?

It depends on your preference. Sautéing shrimp gives it more flavor, and it cooks quicker than boiling. In contrast, boiling is less flavorful and takes about 5-8 minutes to cook. However, boiling does not require oil, so it is healthier. Nevertheless, it depends on your preference. 
 

What goes good with sauteed shrimp?

Pasta Primavera, roasted asparagus, zucchini noodles, Greek salad, and steamed broccoli go well with sautéed shrimp. 
 

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Author: Sarah Leadon
Rate
Average: 5 (4 votes)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

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Instructions

Pat dry scallops using paper towels. Season scallops with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Prepare scallops and season with salt and black pepper

Place the shrimp into a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat the shrimp in the seasoning.
 

Prepare shrimp with the seasonings

Next, add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large cast-iron skillet and set it over medium-high heat. 
 

Prepare skillet

Once the olive oil is hot, Add the scallops and cook them for 2 minutes per side. Take the scallops out of the pan. Place them onto a plate. 

Cooking scallops

Wipe the skillet out with paper towels. Add another 2 tablespoons olive oil and let it heat up. 
 

Prepare skillet for cooking shrimps

Add the shrimp and cook them for 2 minutes per side. Take the shrimp out of the pan. Place them onto a plate

Cooking shrimps

Wipe the skillet out with paper towels. Add the butter and place the skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and shallots, and cook them for 2 minutes, stirring periodically until the garlic is fragrant and the shallots soften. 

Cooking garlic and shallots

Place the scallops and shrimp back into the pan, and toss them in the butter mixture. Add the lemon juice and cook it for 1-2 minutes until everything is heated. 

Mixing scallops, shrimp and lemon into the butter

Transfer the scallops and shrimp to a platter and garnish it with parsley. 

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon