Air fryers are all the rage these days and for a good reason! They’re a great way to cook healthy, delicious meals with little effort. Today, we will show you how to make air fryer scallops. This quick and easy dish is perfect for an appetizer or a main course. So let’s get started!
Air Fryer Scallops is a simple dish prepared in the air fryer. They are such a healthy and delicious dinner. So easy to make in the air fryer and so fast.
I love a great plate of scallops, but they are so expensive in restaurants, so today, I air-fried my own, and they were fabulous. I made a simple sauce for them using only lemon and garlic. They were perfectly cooked and seasoned.
What Are Scallops?
Scallops are nothing more than the interior of a mollusk. They are similar to oysters, mussels, or clams.
The inside of the shell is where the meat lies. You can prepare the scallops in many different ways, including pan-frying, grilling, baking, or in our case Air Fried.
Scallops are a type of shellfish that is found in saltwater. They are often eaten as an appetizer or a main course and boiled, baked, or grilled. What makes scallops so unique? Read on to find out!
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Scallops
- Thawed Scallops
- Olive Oil
- Minced Garlic
- Lemon Juice
- Salt, Black Pepper, and Parsley
How To Make Air Fryer Scallops
Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Place the scallops into the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 400 degrees F, for about 4 to 6 minutes, air fryer setting.
Remove scallops from the air fryer. Mix the olive oil, melted butter, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and parsley in a small mixing bowl. Serve the scallops with the side of the sauce, or drizzle over them before serving.
How To Thaw Scallops
If you have frozen scallops, you can quickly thaw them for a quick dinner or lunch. To safely thaw them,
- Place them into a bowl of cold water; it will take about 10 to 20 minutes to thaw the scallops fully.
- If you want to thaw them overnight, place them into the refrigerator overnight to thaw safely.
How To Air Fry Frozen Scallops
It is beautiful to air fry frozen scallops, although it is hard to marinade them. Place the frozen scallops directly into the air fryer basket.
Set the temperature to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting, and flip halfway for 6 to 8 minutes. And basting with butter during the cooking process.
How To Pan Fry Scallops:
If you want to make the recipe in your cast-iron skillet or another skillet, it will take you about 10 minutes. Here is how to prepare them:
- Add vegetable oil into your skillet, turn it to medium-high heat until the oil is heated up.
- Then add your scallops, cook for bout 2 to 3 minutes per side, and then use a spatula to flip the scallops and continue to cook until fully done.
Air Fryer Scallops
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 minutes
- Total Time: 16 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Entree
- Cuisine: American
- 1 pound scallops, thawed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil spray.
Place the scallops into the air fryer basket.
Set the temperature to 400 degrees F, for about 4 to 6 minutes, air fryer setting.
Check the internal temperature of the scallops with a meat thermometer. Remove scallops from the air fryer.
In a small mixing bowl, mix the olive oil, melted butter, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and parsley.
Serve the scallops with the side of the sauce, or drizzle over them before serving
Plate, serve, and enjoy!