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Perfectly Cooked Air Fryer Scallops

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Perfectly cooked buttery scallops made in the air fryer, ready in less than 20 minutes. These air fryer scallops are an easy gourmet dinner!

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If you’re a fan of Hell’s Kitchen then you probably remember Gordon Ramsay yelling more than once at the chefs for not properly cooking the scallops!

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Honestly, it can sometimes be hard to cook scallops because they go from uncooked to fully cooked so fast. Once you go past fully cooked they get rubbery.

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I doubt Gordon Ramsay would approve of cooking scallops in an air fryer but we need simplicity in our lives and air fryers give us that.

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It takes 7 minutes to cook these scallops in an air fryer. Just follow my directions and you’ll be happy with the results.

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Air Fryer Scallops Ingredients

The ingredients to make air fryer scallops in bowls.
  • scallops (thawed)
  • butter
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • dried herbs (thyme, basil, or parsley)
  • garlic cloves
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How to Make Scallops in An Air Fryer

Step 1: Season the scallops. Place defrosted scallops in a large bowl. Season the scallops with salt, garlic, and dried herbs of your choice.

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Step 2: Add some more flavor. Pour in lemon juice and melted butter and stir to coat.

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Step 3: Air fry the scallops. Line the air fryer basket with parchment, (you can skip this step if you prefer). Place the scallops in the basket of the air fryer and bake at 360°F for 4 minutes.

Raw scallops on parchment paper in an air fryer.

Step 4: Shake the basket. After 4 minutes, gently shake the air fryer basket a few times and bake for another 3 minutes.

Cooked scallops on parchment paper in an air fryer.

Serve the scallops warm. Drizzle with additional melted butter if desired.

How to Store Cooked Scallops

Store leftover scallops in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze previously cooked scallops for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Scallops

Reheat scallops either in your air fryer at 360°F for about 4 minutes or until heated through or in a skillet with some butter over medium-low heat for a few minutes or until heated through.

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Air Fryer Scallops Recipe

Yield: 2

Air Fryer Scallops

A white plate with air fryer scallops on a wooden cutting board and a yellow napkin in the background.

Perfectly cooked buttery scallops made in the air fryer, ready in less than 20 minutes. These air fryer scallops are an easy gourmet dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 7 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb scallops (thawed)
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/5 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled & chopped

Instructions

  1. Place defrosted scallops in a large bowl. Season the scallops with salt, garlic, and dried herbs of your choice.
  2. Pour in lemon juice and melted butter and stir to coat.
  3. Line the air fryer basket with parchment, (you can skip this step if you prefer). Place the scallops in the basket of the air fryer and bake at 360°F for 4 minutes.
  4. After 4 minutes, gently shake the air fryer basket a few times and bake for another 3 minutes.
  5. Serve the scallops warm. Drizzle with additional melted butter if desired.

Notes

  • You can use all three herbs or just one herb to season these scallops. I prefer just using parsley.
  • Fresh or frozen scallops, that have been thawed, will work great in this recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 1083mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 24g

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Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She's also a reiki master and crystal healer.

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