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Shrimp and Scallops in a Lemon Butter Sauce

Shrimp and Scallops in a Lemon Butter Sauce

I can’t believe my little girl started kindergarten this year and my son started preschool. GULP. I didn’t know I would get so emotional but it really hit me hard this week. They grow up way too fast.

Anyway, I was tired and didn’t feel like making a huge dinner. Seafood sounded good and easy so I decided to make shrimp and scallops. I marinated them in garlic, lemon zest, olive oil, and basil for 2-3 hours. Then I sauteed them in a lemon butter sauce. My kids gobbled them up and asked for seconds. I loved that it tasted fantastic, was simple to make, and very easy to clean up.

Shrimp and Scallops in a Lemon Butter Sauce:


  • Fresh, large scallops (as many as you want)
  • Fresh large shrimp, deveined, with tail on (as many as you want)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 basil leaves, chopped (divided)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

How to Make Shrimp and Scallops in a Lemon Butter Sauce

Combine the first five ingredients plus a bit of chopped basil and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Remove from the marinade then season the scallops and shrimp with salt and pepper.

Heat the last teaspoon of olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat, when the skillet is hot add the scallops and cook for about 1-2 minutes then turn over.

Add the shrimp and lemon juice to the pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes or until the shrimp is pink and tender and the scallops are golden brown. Serve immediately and enjoy.



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    1. wonder how much garlic she used? she mentioned it in the first paragraph but not in the recipe??

  1. Looks delicious. I know how you feel, my son began secondary school (high?) this week, so no kids left in primary now!!

  2. time surely flies fast… one minute you're just cradling them, next their all grown-up… anyway… i love your Shrimps & Scallops… looks so delicious… i'm getting hungry…:)

  3. This sounds, and looks, so simple and delicious. There is nothing better than a ‘gourmet’ meal that was almost no effort!

  4. not a big shrimp fan, but it looks delicious….i know my dad and brothers would love this.

    p.s. do you mind if i add you to my blogroll?

  5. That looks wonderful! I can relate to your sad first day feelings. I homeschool now and I always feel a sigh of relief to have them at home. I’ve sent my oldest to school and I always felt like something was missing all day.

  6. I’ve never cooked shrimp and scallops together. I get them so rarely that I try to savor them separately, if that makes sense. This is a very pretty dish.

    I have cried every time one of my children has gone to a higher level of school; that’s a lot of bittersweet tears. The time goes too fast.

  7. Oh Pam, have mercy on me! These look absolutely divine! How wonderful that the recipe isn’t cumbersome, and I love how you indicate quantities to be as many as you want! My family would devour these, especially my gluten free baby!

    I hear you about your kids being old enough to head out to school. Preschool and kindergarten are such great age groups, too! Old enough to try things on

  8. YUM YUM YUM….Our kids must be the same age!
    My son(5) just started Kindergarden and my daughter(3) just started Pre-K….sniffle..

  9. I love scallops, they are so easy and take on a whole range of flavors 🙂

    Good luck with the little tykes and school. I bet one of the best parts of their day is coming home to mom and a nice home cooked meal 🙂

  10. Our son is in 1st Grade and our daughter just started preschool. They’re growing up too fast!

    I think one of the best ways to spend time with them is to cook with them in the kitchen. Don’t you agree?

  11. the mention of butter sauce reminds me of a traumatizing event–while dining at red lobster, one of my friends was dared to drink the dish of melted butter sauce, and drink it he did. i still shudder to recall. 🙂

  12. They do look good. That’s what I miss not living near the coast! Fresh seafood. Just about everything is farm raised in my local stores and I’m more of a WILD seafood eater!
    Thanks for sharing. I may just have to eat farm raised shrimp for this recipe, it looks too good!

  13. Hi, I am million of miles from you. I just LOVE your blog, the recipe and all the pics were GREAT! Everything was tempting. I tried your coconut, choc chip & almond cookie recipe and it turned out awesome.

    I just had to add you to my blog list!

  14. Thank you for this recipe!! I’ve always wanted a good recipe for shrimp and scallops and I have definitely found one now! I didn’t change a thing (except I may have left the marinated seafood in the fridge for two hours instead of one due to losing track of time). The food was absolutely delicious. My guests are still raving about it. I served with parmesan bread (which everyone used to dip in the “gravy” from the seafood ). And while it was in the refrigerator we had crab legs and mojitos 🙂 Thank you again!

  15. how much garlic did you use? also, one point it says to use the first 4 ingredients for the maranade and the other spot says use all the ingredients?

    1. Marcia,

      Thanks for letting me know there was a problem. I corrected the recipe. I used one clove of minced garlic and you combine the first five ingredients – plus a bit of basil for the marinade.


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  17. Stumbled across this when I was looking for lemon sauteed shrimp and scallops…it’s amazing!! I followed the recipe exactly, except at the end…I cooked down the liquid that was left in the pan a bit, added a couple tablespoons of heavy cream and some cornstarch to thickened it and poured it over the shrimp and scallops before I served it over some pasta…My husband LOVED it!!! I’m adding this one to my recipe collection.