Aug 202012

I love scallops, but my husband does not, he claims that scallops are too fishy…oh well…more for me. This is a very tasty and simple recipe for scallops. I coated the scallops with cornstarch instead of all-purpose flour, therefore this recipe is gluten free. When I prepared the scallops I prepared some cod fish in the same manner, this way my husband could have his white fish and I could enjoy the scallops guilty free.


½ lb Scallops, I got the big ones from Costco
2 tablespoons of cornstarch + ½ tablespoon
1 small lemon
Fresh ground pepper
½ cup chicken broth
1½ to 2 tablespoons butter
2 to 3 teaspoons of capers, drained


In a small deep dish mix the 2 tablespoon of cornstarch with the zest of the lemon and the ground pepper.

Squeeze half of the lemon juice on the scallops and coat the scallops with the cornstarch mix. Pan fry in the butter until both side are golden brown, remove and set aside.

In the same pan add the chicken broth and let it boil. Reduce the heat and add the remaining lemon juice and the rest of the lemon (juiceless and naked), let it cook in low heat for a couple of minutes. Add the remaining cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water mixing continuously until the sauce thicken. Add the capers and let it cook for another minute.

Remove the butter lemon sauce from the heat and cover the pan fried scallops. Serve hot.

If you enjoy this scallop recipe you might want to check on this Asian Inspired scallop recipe, Miso Marinated Scallops.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that scallops contain cholesterol but are very low in saturated fat? Moreover, scallops are a great source of protein and contain vitamin B12, which is an important nutrient for the cardiovascular health.

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  49 Responses to “Scallops with Butter Lemon and Caper Sauce”

  1. I love scallops and yours looked perfectly cooked. I use capers with fish all the time but I have never tried them with scallops.

  2. I don’t like scallops much either, but Stephen loves them, I shall make this for him one day! 🙂

  3. These look simple and perfect! I used to hate scallops, too, but now I absolutely love them!! Maybe if you’re husband tried them again 🙂

  4. The butter lemon and caper sauce alone sounds amazing!

  5. Your scallops looks so delicious! We love scallops, the problem is, they are very expensive over here! Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

  6. Scallops and capers sound like heaven to me. Love the cornstarch idea. Must try this one. Have a great week!

  7. Yum! Scallops are always delicious, and these look right up to par!

  8. Yum – scallops are one of my favorite treats! This recipe looks simple, yet very yummy!

  9. Yummy Juliana, I love scallops. Nice job!

  10. What a beautiful dish! Scallops are one of my favorite seafood! Good that no one “fight” with you on the scallops! hahaha…my hubby loves scallops too so I usually let him eat more. 🙂

  11. your scallops are so nicely browned. I love scallops too. Drizzling some fresh ginger juice over the scallops before cooking can help neutralise the “fishy” seafood smell.

  12. Hi Juliana,
    What a great recipe you brought us today. I love scallops and capers and thais combination must be so scrumptious and sublime!!
    Cheers and thanks for sharing,

  13. I have been craving seafood lately and scallops are one of my favorites. This looks like a delicious recipe!

  14. I love how you creatively sprinkled those lemon zests on and around these beautiful scallop gems. And I’m sure the caper sauce made this dish soooo flavorful. I hope you are having an enjoyable week, Juliana! 🙂

  15. I have always been a fan of meaty scallops. Yours look so fresh and delectable. The caper sauce sounds fantastic too.

  16. Juliana, you’ve got one of my favourite dishes! Your presentation is fantastic!

  17. We love sea scallops here! I also like using chicken broth to cook fish fillets in the oven- it works beautifully and adds a nice flavor. Your capers in the sauce look just so delicious;-)

  18. Your butter lemon caper sauce would go well with chicken cutlet also. Beautiful presentation and photo as usual.

  19. I adore scallops and this sauce sounds fantastic with them!!! Plus it’s a bonus I always have lemons and capers in my fridge 🙂

  20. That is surprisingly easy for something that looks very elegant! Have a lovely weekend coming up! 😀

  21. I do love scallops and find many people do not! Which surprises me! I think they just have had a bad scallop along the way and refuse to try them again! Now your hubby should know you can make anything taste amazing and give these a try! I’ve never pared my scallops with capers before, not sure why because I do love capers. I’ll have to give that a try next time!

  22. I loooooooooove scallops! This lemon butter and caper sauce will just make it more delicious!

  23. Juliana, your scallops browned very nicely, I am drooling over it 😀

  24. I have yet to try scallops – now I feel like I’m definitely missing out!

  25. Juliana, your scallops with the lemon and caper sauce is absolutely divine…I would be glad to share them with you since your hubby doesn’t like it. Will get some scallop at Costco the next time I go there and will make them…yumm!

  26. My husband & I both love, love scallops! This is one refreshing & tasty recipe which I absolutely love! 🙂


  27. Juliana, these scallops look fabulous. I have never tried them with capers, but I have capers quite often in salads. I love scallops and my husband too, so I carefully divide the amounts in equal portions 😉 I know that some people are “afraid” or disgusted by seafood in general…

  28. Perfect. Simple. Delicious.

  29. I can never find beautiful fresh scallops like that here in Rio. Only the frozen ones. 🙁

  30. your husband doesn’t like scallop?!?!?! No wayyy!! They’re sooo delicious! What would sushi be without yummy scallops? lol. I recently had a dim sum dish that’s made with deep fried scallops and taro! So goood. I hope to make this recipe soon too Juliana! I only wished scallops weren’t so expensive! haha..

  31. Yummo! Scallops in lemon sauce – bring it on.

  32. I used to hate scallops, but I felt in love with them a couple of years ago in a French restaurant and now I can eat them every day!

  33. I finally see your scallops (errors occurred when I tried several times to click thru) … so nicely seared and they look succulent enough. I bet the cod also turned out beautifully the same way.

  34. Simply delicious!

  35. It is the same scenario in my home. Though I’m not exactly sure why my husband doesn’t like them. Oh well, more for me:) Your recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  36. So beautifully plated! It looks so delicious, Juliana!
    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend…

  37. I’m kinda with your hubby on this one! It’s not a flavor thing for me though, but a texture thing. Doesn’t mean I can’t recognize a yummy dish when I see it. Looks fabulous!

  38. Scallops are so delicious, and they sound lovely here with the lemon and capers! Sounds like a great sauce for the cod too.

  39. Hi Juliana, love this dish, look mouth watering. yum ymu…. wish i can have some now. 🙂
    Have a nice week ahead.

  40. I love scallops. And my wife? She absolutely adores them – they are her favorite seafood – so we have them often. These look terrific – you’ve got a little piccata sauce going with the lemon and capers, which is brilliant. Really nice – thanks.

  41. i don’t like the texture of scallops, but even i must admit that when they’re seared and buttery brown, they look positively beautiful!

  42. Your scallops are so beautifully presented and have so much flavour 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  43. Scallops are fabulous and your dish looks amazing! A fabulous combination.



  44. Yay for us! We all love scallops and occasionally eat at home too. I love the caper in the sauce. Well, my family is not so into capers but I am sure a few of them won’t affect their appetite. Or I’ll just add to mine separately! Looks fantastic!

  45. Onl recently have scallops come in Greece and I already made them several times. You just provided me with another delicious recipe to make them. They look so appetizing and delicious Juliana!

  46. I love lemon and caper sauce.. Perfect for delicate scallops!

  47. I love scallops, and it looks like you got a beautiful sear on these. Delicious!

  48. Look at the juicy scallops! It’s my favourite shellfish!