Seared Scallops with Creamy Garlic Wine Sauce

This super quick recipe for pan seared scallops with a creamy garlic white wine sauce is so easy and you probably have most of what you need in your house right now! This recipe is perfect for unexpected guests, you’ll impress them with the flavor but only you’ll know how easy it really was.

pan fried scallops in a creamy garlic wine sauce

Seared Scallops with Creamy Garlic Wine Sauce

Disclosure: This recipe co-sponsored by Nobilo Wines and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). I have been compensated to bring you this incredible cast iron seared scallops recipe.

Growing up, a seafood dinner was always a special event. Bacon wrapped scallops, crab, shrimp, prawns, all the good stuff would be served up during Christmas Eve or a special get together with family friends.

seared scallops simmering in a a garlic cream sauce in a cast iron pan with parsley on top.

Now that I’m grown and in control of my own meal plans, I like to treat myself to scallops once a month (hello surf and turf Fridays).

I usually serve up scallops on their own, as garlic butter scallops, or wrapped with bacon, but I wanted to try something a little different for this blog post, a garlic wine cream sauce.

How to Sear Scallops

seared scallops in a cast iron pan

Scallops are super quick to cook. They’re perfect for those nights where you know you don’t have a lot of time (like when you have hockey and gymnastics back to back).

Step 1: Make sure the scallops are dried off by dabbing them with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Head butter and olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron pan.

Step 3: Sear for about a minute and a half – two minutes on each side, or until scallops are opaque.

That’s it.

Seared scallops over a bed of asparagus

Look for the MSC Certified logo

msc label on scallops

When shopping for scallops (or any seafood) it’s important to look for the MSC Certified Logo.

The MSC Certified Logo means that the seafood you’re buying is certified sustainable seafood by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Find out more at the Marine Stewardship Council website.

What does this mean? 

It helps protect fish stocks for the future.

You can find MSC Certified Logo seafood at grocery stores around the country in fresh, frozen, or canned varieties. I personally found the scallops for this recipe at Walmart but you can find more at Loblaws, Whole Foods Markets, Costco, Sobeys, and other retailers.

What white wine should I use for the garlic cream sauce?

I used a Sauvignon Blanc by Nibilo.

It paired beautifully with the scallops and added a little something extra to the garlic cream sauce.

garlic wine cream sauce over fresh scallops in a cast iron pan

This wine itself is from New Zealand and offers a fresh, crisp pairing with seafood. It’s refreshing with some citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The perfect wine for summer.

Nobilo’s Sauvignon Blanc is proudly certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and it’s easily available here in Canada.

Find it at the New Zealand section at retailers across Canada (LCBO, Sobey’s, Loblaws, BC Liquor Stores, and some private retailers.

Pan Fried Scallops with Garlic Cream Sauce Recipe

Simple ingredients and excellent crisp wine bring this dish together. I’d like to thank Nobilo Wines and the MSC for bringing the best of land and sea to my kitchen.

Nobilo Wine Seafood Recipe

Not only did my family and I get to enjoy an incredible meal, but I also received the peace of mind of knowing that my dinner came from sustainable practices. It’s a win-win!

pan fried scallops in a cream sauce with a wooden spoon ladeling sauce.

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pan fried scallops in a creamy garlic wine sauce
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Seared Scallops with Creamy Garlic Wine Sauce

This super quick recipe for pan seared scallops with a creamy garlic white wine sauce is so easy and you probably have most of what you need in your house right now! This recipe is perfect for unexpected guests, you'll impress them with the flavor but only you'll know how easy it really was.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cream sauce, scallops, seafood
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 395kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 4 cloves garlic large
  • 1/2 cup Nobilo White Wine I used sauvignon blanc
  • 3 tbsps chopped, fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs MSC Certified sea scallops look for the MSC blue fish label
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

For the cream sauce

  • In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat add the butter and garlic. Saute for about 1-2 minutes or just right before the garlic begins to brown.
  • Deglaze with the wine, turn heat to medium and reduce until half the liquid is gone.
  • Add the parsley, red pepper flakes, and cream. Turn the heat to low and simmer until the cream thickens. About 4-6 minutes. Set aside while you cook the scallops.

For the scallops

  • Rinse the scallops, pat with a paper towel until dry and season both sides with a little sea salt and pepper.
  • In a cast iron pan, over medium high heat, heat the butter and olive oil for a minute or two (or until the pan sizzles when you add a drop or two of water).
  • Add the scallops, careful not to overcrowd the pan, and cook until opaque. This is takes about two minutes on each side (depending on the size of scallop.
  • Pour the garlic cream sauce over the scallops and serve.

Notes

Serve with asparagus, rice, or pasta.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 982mg | Potassium: 521mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15.5% | Vitamin C: 1.1% | Calcium: 4.1% | Iron: 5.5%
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21 comments on “Seared Scallops with Creamy Garlic Wine Sauce”

  1. That looks absolutely amazing! I love that creamy sauce with the scallops. I think my family is going to love this.

  2. Holy. Moly. I have to make this for the fam! We live in Florida, so super fresh seafood is always on the menu. They’re going to love this.

  3. I love the idea of Surf and Turf Fridays! I need to implement it in my life! I am a scallop addict and this recipe looks great!

  4. This would make for such a lovely dinner. I’d really like to try this. The sauce must be so nice!

  5. This scallops meal sounds amazing. I need to try and cook this for my husband and myself.

  6. I love your sauce recipe! So simple and so tasteful!

  7. I haven’t had scallops in so long. Sounds like the perfect date night dinner too.

  8. That recipe sure does look amazing. I’m going to have to give this recipe a try real soon. Looking forward to trying it.

  9. I enjoy pan seared scallops but haven’t made them in that type of sauce before. This is something I will have to try out for my husband and I for a date night in.

  10. I love seared scallops. If I could I would eat these every night of the week. So good!

  11. I seriously need to give this a try! It looks really good!

  12. Looks heavenly! I am totally drooling over this goodness!

  13. This looks like an amazing dish to try. It has all my favorite ingredients. What a lovely meal to have and it’s perfect with some wine.

  14. OMG! Now I am hungry! Making this one for sure.

  15. They look amazing! We’re huge seafood lovers at our house! I can hardly wait to try your dish! 

  16. Love how simple this recipe is!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

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