Bay Scallops with Garlic Parsley Butter Sauce

They say smell is the sense most closely linked to memory recall, and that was certainly the case while making these garlicky, buttery bay scallops on toast. As waves of the wonderful aromas wafted up from the pan, they brought back a flood of vivid memories of my first kitchen job.

Original recipe makes 4 servings


4 thick slices Italian bread, toasted
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen bay scallops, thawed, rinsed and patted dry
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
1 pinch cayenne pepper
salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • PREP

    10 mins

  • COOK

    3 mins


    13 mins


  1. Spread 1/2 tablespoon butter on one side of each piece of toasted Italian bread. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. When oil begins to smoke, pour scallops into pan. Cook for 30 seconds without stirring.
  3. Toss scallops in pan and stir in garlic. Cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir wine and lemon juice into scallops, bring to a boil, and cook for about 30 seconds.
  5. Stir parsley and cold butter into scallops and remove from heat. When butter melts, stir in salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  6. Spoon scallops over buttered toast and serve immediately.


Calories: 528 kcal
Carbohydrates: 24.6 g
Cholesterol: 149 mg
Fat: 25 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 45.7 g
Sodium: 780 mg