Air Fryer Butter Garlic Scallops

Air Fryer Butter Garlic Scallops

Butter garlic scallops are a culinary delight, known for their rich, buttery flavour and delicate texture. This dish is a favourite among seafood lovers and is surprisingly simple to prepare, making it perfect for a special occasion or a luxurious weeknight dinner. Cooking scallops in an air fryer not only enhances their natural sweetness but also provides a healthier alternative to traditional pan-searing. The combination of butter and garlic brings out the best in the scallops, creating a dish that's both satisfying and impressively gourmet.



  • Fresh Scallops: 500 grams (rinsed and patted dry)
  • Unsalted Butter: 50 grams (melted)
  • Fresh Garlic: 4 cloves (minced)
  • Fresh Parsley: 2 tablespoons (finely chopped)
  • Lemon Juice: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper: 1/4 teaspoon


Preparation (Seasoning Duration: 10-15 minutes)

  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, chopped parsley, salt, and black pepper.
  • Gently toss the scallops in the butter mixture. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb the flavors.


Air Frying

  • Preheat the air fryer to 200°C (392°F).
  • Arrange the scallops in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not touching each other for even cooking.
  • Air fry for 6-8 minutes, or until the scallops are opaque and slightly golden.
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Finishing Touch

  • If there is leftover butter mixture, you can pour it over the scallops halfway through the cooking time for extra flavor.



  • Serve the scallops hot, garnished with additional fresh parsley and lemon wedges on the side.


  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket to ensure the scallops cook evenly.
  • The cooking time may vary slightly depending on the size of the scallops.
  • Overcooking scallops can make them tough, so keep a close eye on them.

Enjoy your delectable Air Fryer Butter Garlic Scallops, a simple yet sophisticated dish that's sure to impress!


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