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Garlic Butter Scallops with Watermelon Salsa

Garlic butter scallops that melt in your mouth topped with refreshing and flavorful watermelon salsa created the perfect summer dish!
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  • 1 pound sea scallops (if frozen, make sure to thaw)
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • jasmine rice, for serving

watermelon salsa

  • 1 ½ cups diced watermelon
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt and pepper


  • Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel. Season them with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter. Once melted, stir in the garlic and the pepper flakes. Add the scallops in a single layer, making sure not to crowd the pan. You may need to do this in two batches. Cook the scallops until they are opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Don’t cook longer or they will be too tough!
  • Serve the scallops topped with the watermelon salsa. I love to serve these with jasmine rice too. However, if you’re having a dinner party or making them as an appetizer, they are great on their own with the salsa. As a great accompaniment to surf and turf!

watermelon salsa

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir. I like to make this first so the flavors can marry together. You can also store leftovers in the fridge.

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