Scallops with Basil and Lemon recipe

Preparation Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 5 minutes

One of the simplest ways to cook and prepare scallops, this recipe combines the classic flavours of olive oil, lemon juice, basil leaves, and garlic with scallops. Use the freshest scallops you can find.


  • 20 scallops, cleaned, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Mince the garlic clove. Cook the garlic clove and basil together for 30 seconds over a medium heat, then add the scallops.

  2. Season the scallops well and then squeeze the lemon juice over. Cook them for 2 minutes or so, turning at least once during cooking.

You could also leave the basil leaves whole for a dish with more texture. Recipe serves 4.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
  • Published:

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Scallops with Basil and Lemon Review by Jack P on 8th April 2012:

This was a really quick and easy recipe. It makes a great healthy snack, or could be served with rice to make a small meal for two.