Here is a quick and simple starter dish that I will be serving Christmas day.
1 lb. large scallops
½ a stick of unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large lemon zested
Handful of Italian parsley, chopped and stems removed
Salts and Pepper to taste
Red Pepper Flakes to taste
A pinch of sweet paprika
Make sure to pat dry the scallops on paper towels very well before cooking.
Place scallops in a large bowl and drizzle with avocado oil and 1/4 the melted butter, toss to coat and sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes
In a large skillet over medium high heat place.
Working in batches, sear the scallops about 2 minutes on each side. Place in a deep serving dish. Now add the butter to skillet, reduce heat, add garlic and sauté until infused about 1 minute. Remove from heat, add lemon zest, paprika and parsley, stir and pour over scallops – serve – enjoy.