Air Fryer Sea Scallops Fast2eat

Seared scallops make a simple yet elegant meal. A quick and impressive dinner, scallops turn succulent, tender and delicious in the air fryer.

They are simple to prepare, let the machine take the work and the clean up afterwards is simpler.

Scallops are a delicate food; make no mistake about it. Pan-searing sea scallops are easily overcooked–and just as easily undercooked–this tasty delicacy can often prove to be a true kitchen nightmare. But there is great news – air frying takes the guesswork out of the tricky sea scallop. They are impressive, to say the least.

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Air Fryer Sea Scallops Fast2eat

Air Fryer Sea Scallops Fast2eat

Air fryer scallops are a revelation - Ready in less than 10 minutes! They are simple to prepare and need very few ingredients… olive oil and seasoning… simple… delicious… absolutely succulent and wonderfully tender. If you have never tried air fryer scallops. Give it a go.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 450 g Sea scallop - not frozen scallops, cleaned and patted dry
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt - to taste
  • Black pepper - optional freshly ground to taste
  • Onion powder - to taste
  • Garlic - minced or powder to taste
  • Paprika - optional to taste
  • Parsley - optional to taste


  • Make sure you pat the scallops dry with a paper towel. Only a dry scallop will sear properly.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, scallops and mix to make sure all scallops are well coated.
    Air Fryer Sea Scallops Fast2eat
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F/200°C.
  • Coat the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray or use parchment paper with several holes to drain the liquid.
  • Place scallops in the basket and place the basket in the air fryer.
    Air Fryer Sea Scallops Fast2eat
  • Cook for 2 minutes at 400°F /200°C.
  • Flip scallops, mix them or shake basket.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 120°F /50°C.


The cooking time is short, so you need to keep an eye on them.
Remember: They do not look like pan-fried scallops, so don't expect to see the browning on them, don't wait for a golden crust to tell you they're ready. Please do not wait for them to brown as they would in a pan, they won't. If you wait for them to brown in an air fryer, they will overcook, which leaves them rubbery.
A paring knife should slide in and out with almost no resistance, but as always, the best way to check it is to make a small slice into one and look (or taste). The inside should remain translucent. High-quality scallops are delicious raw and tend to dry out quickly: It's better to undercook than overcook.
Sea scallops have a sweet flavour that doesn't require a great deal of dressing up. However, if you prefer to "spice up" your scallops, consider tossing with dry white wine or topping with a savoury Parmesan cream sauce. Or compliment them with an herby delicious and tangy lemon sauce, you have a wonderful dish—each bite of the dish delivering a zesty bite of food. You should also consider breaded scallops. The outside is wonderfully crunchy and crispy, which gives scallops a whole new consistency. They are simple to make and make a significant change from the usual cooking method.
Frozen scallops - Of course, you can cook frozen scallops in the air fryer. However, you can extend the cooking time or thaw them beforehand. If you are doing this, ensure they are cooked through before serving.
What to Serve with Scallops:
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Roasted Green beans
  • Roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Sauteed carrots
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Fettuccini with Alfredo Sauce
  • Mashed potatoes

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Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 231mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

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