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Air Fryer Scallops

These Easy Air Fryer Scallops are cooked to perfection and seasoned with a lemon herb butter and olive oil sauce. Feel free to use sea or bay scallops and either fresh or frozen in this recipe.

air fryer scallops on a plate with fresh lemon

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How to Buy Scallops

I always look for wild-caught scallops and grab them from Butcher Box. They arrive frozen. You can buy fresh or frozen scallops in grocery stores.

The most common kind of scallops you will see at the store are wet-packed sea scallops. There’s also dry-packed or diver caught (usually more expensive). Bay scallops are less common and are smaller, sweeter, and more delicate. These are great for pasta dishes. Sea scallops are larger and preferred for this recipe.

You want to grab scallops that are pearly white. The flesh should be firm, yet moist.

raw scallops, chopped parsley, butter, olive oil, and lemon juice in separate bowls

How to Thaw

The best way to thaw is in the fridge overnight. You can also thaw them quickly in a bowl of cold water.

Scallops are small and delicate. Never thaw them in the microwave. You risk overcooking them and making them tough and chewy.

Cleaning

They will need a rinse and then pat dry. Some scallops will arrive with the side muscle tissue intact (my Butcher Box scallops do not). It’s a tag of tissue along the side of the scallop in the shape of a rectangle. You should remove the side muscle by pulling it out. It’s no big deal and is edible.

raw scallops in a glass bowl with melted butter, olive oil, parsley, and garlic

How to Cook Scallops in the Air Fryer

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Pat the scallops dry and season.
  2. Place the scallops in the air fryer in one single layer. Do not stack. Cook batches if needed.
  3. Air fry.
raw scallops in an air fryer

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

Cook time is 6-8 minutes.

How to Tell When They are Done/Avoid Overcooking

The top of the scallop should be slightly golden-brown and the sides should look opaque all the way through. The scallops should feel firm to the touch, but still slightly soft. Overcooked scallops become tough and chewy.

scallops in an air fryer
scallops in an air fryer

Additional Ideas for Spices and How to Season Them

air fryer scallops on a plate with fresh lemon

How to Cook them while Frozen

Frozen scallops will need 2-3 minutes of additional cook time. Be sure to remove them halfway through the cooking process to apply the oils and spices.

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air fryer scallops on a plate with fresh lemon
air fryer scallops on a plate with fresh lemon
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Easy Air Fryer Scallops

These Easy Air Fryer Scallops are cooked to perfection and seasoned with a lemon herb butter and olive oil sauce. Feel free to use sea or bay scallops and either fresh or frozen in this recipe.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer frozen scallops, air fryer scallops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 161kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound scallops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter Melted, measured solid.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves Minced.
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Pat the scallops dry. Dry scallops will cook at an even and consistent temperature. Combine the scallops in a bowl with all of the ingredients.
  • Place the scallops in the air fryer in one single layer. Do not stack. Cook batches if needed.
    When you remove the scallops from the bowl and place them in the air fryer, you may notice you have remaining liquid marinade in the bottom of the bowl. I like to use a cooking brush to glaze the top of the scallops once they are in the air fryer to ensure optimal flavor.
  • Cook on 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  • The top of the scallop should be slightly golden-brown and the sides should look opaque all the way through. The scallops should feel firm to the touch, but still slightly soft. Overcooked scallops become tough and chewy.

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Notes

  • Sea scallops will work best in this recipe. Bay scallops are small and are great for pastas and soups.
  • Every air fryer cooks at varying speeds. Your cook time may vary. Keep a close watch on the scallops to avoid overcooking them.
  • These will not have a thick brown crust like pan-seared scallops. If the scallops have a thick brown crust, you cooked them too long. 
  • The top of the scallop should be slightly golden-brown and the sides should look opaque all the way through. The scallops should feel firm to the touch, but still slightly soft. Overcooked scallops become tough and chewy.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 7g
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Recipe Rating




Taryn

Sunday 14th of November 2021

These turned out so well! I even forgot the lemon juice and they were still good :)

staysnatched

Saturday 20th of November 2021

That's good to hear!

Amber

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

My. Word !! This recipe is proof that scallops don’t need to be over complicated! This was so easy. I always appreciate all of the tips- don’t just scroll to the bottom! So so good! Will make again soon! Thanks, Brandi!

staysnatched

Thursday 14th of October 2021

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Jessica

Monday 4th of October 2021

Yum!! I have had my eye on this recipe for awhile now and I finally got my hands on some scallops. Love an 8 minute dinner after a long day! Easy and delicious.

staysnatched

Monday 11th of October 2021

Yes! The perfect quick dinner meal.

Kat Brzozowski

Thursday 30th of September 2021

So simple and SO delicious. Best method for consistent cooking. Great job, Brandi!

staysnatched

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Meridith Martin

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

So quick and so much easier than making them in a pan IMO. Flavors on point but that’s not a surprise at this point 💯

staysnatched

Sunday 26th of September 2021

It's definitely the easiest way to make them!