Scallops with Chili Lime Butter

Scallops with Chili Lime Butter Sauce

This Scallops with Chili Lime Butter Sauce recipe is flavorful, elegant, and only takes 4 ingredients to make (not including salt, pepper, and oil).

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Scallops with Chili Lime Butter
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Scallops with Chili Lime Butter Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Thai red chilies (or ½ Fresno chili) seeded, deveined, and minced
  • 1 large lime
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • 8 large sea scallops , foot removed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil


  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter and chilies. Grate in the zest of the lime and squeeze in the juice. Heat over high heat until the butter melts. Let the sauce boil for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in a pinch of salt.
  • Pat the scallops dry and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat until it just starts to smoke. Add the scallops in a single layer and let cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the scallops. Remove the scallops from the pan and spoon the butter sauce over top. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Scallops with Chili Lime Butter Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 13.2mg16%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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