Hibachi Scallops

Ready to elevate your seafood game? Introducing my Hibachi Scallops recipe! With my perfected at-home hibachi cooking technique, you’ll savor the flavors of Benihana in minutes. It’s a fuss-free, restaurant-quality dish right in your kitchen, saving you time and money. Let’s dive into the simplicity and deliciousness of homemade hibachi-style scallops!

Hibachi style seared scallops being picked up with chopsticks.

Why I Love This Recipe

Let me tell you why I absolutely love this Hibachi Scallops recipe! It’s all about fresh sea scallops, pan-seared to perfection right in your own kitchen, just like my popular Pan Seared Japanese Style Scallops! What sets this dish apart is my at-home hibachi cooking technique, similar to what I use in my Hibachi Chicken and Japanese Hibachi Steak recipe. But instead of chicken or steak, we’re using succulent scallops, resulting in a sophisticated meal in minutes, without the hefty restaurant bill or the wait!

Picture perfectly seared scallops, bathed in garlic butter and topped with a splash of lemon juice. To take it even further, you could even dip it in my Hibachi Ginger Sauce paired with my Japanese Hibachi Onion Soup! It’s a main course that tastes like a seafood masterpiece right from my kitchen to yours, perfect for anyone craving a taste of Japanese hibachi without the hassle. So why wait? Let’s whip up this recipe now and savor a restaurant-quality dish, right at home!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Sea Scallops – fresh dry sea scallops, no brine. Can use fresh or frozen.
  • Salt – fine sea salt recommend.
  • Black Pepper –  ground.
  • Butter – salted butter. If using unsalted, add a pinch of salt.
  • Garlic– freshly grated garlic.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil.
  • Lemon – fresh lemons wedge.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions, optional garnish.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

Ingredient to make hibachi style seared scallops on the countertop.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

☑ Before Getting Started

I recommend using a Large Frying Pan, providing ample space for the scallops to sear evenly.

Step 1 Begin by patting dry the sea scallops gently with a paper towel, ensuring they are moisture-free then season with salt and black pepper.

Scallops seasoned with salt and black pepper.

Step 2 Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl for 20-30 seconds. Stir in grated garlic and set aside.

Garlic butter in a bowl.

Step 3 Heat a large skillet with cooking oil. Once the oil is preheated, reduce heat to medium. Add scallops and cook for 90 seconds until browned. Flip, add garlic butter, and cook for another 90-120 seconds, while basting the scallops with the garlic butter using a spoon.

Scalloped being seared in a frying pan mixed with garlic butter.

🍳 Searing Pro Tip

When searing scallops, Avoid Overcrowding and Avoid Overcooking them to prevent them from becoming chewy.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

To ensure your scallops are done, check with a thermometer to ensure they reach an Internal Temperature of 125°F.

Step 4 Squeeze lemon juice over the scallops while still in the pan, immediately then transfer them to a serving plate and drizzle reserve sauce from pan on top of scallops.

Hibachi style scallops served on a plate with lemon drizzled on top.

🍋 Squeezing Lemon Pro Tip

Insert a Knife into the Lemon Wedge’s Center, just cutting into the flesh. Aim the Knife’s Tip where you want the juice, then Squeeze the Lemon Wedge. The juice will flow along the knife, landing precisely where the knife’s tip is aiming.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

For enhanced presentation, consider garnishing with finely Chopped Green Onions or Toasted Sesame Seeds.

Recipe Variations

Try crafting Seared Scallops with Spicy Mayo by introducing a drizzle of my signature Japanese-style spicy mayo sauce and using the same preparation technique from this recipe.

Pairing Recommendations

Start off with a fresh green salad featuring my zesty Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing paired with my Clam Miso Soup. Then, whip up some Garlic Chicken Fried Rice to accompany the main event. If you’re craving another protein option, try my Pan Seared Cod with Ginger Sauce for a flavorful addition to your at home hibachi style meal!

Hibachi style seared scallops being picked up with chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen scallops for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen scallops for this recipe. Just ensure they are completely thawed before cooking to achieve the best results. Thawing them in the refrigerator overnight is the safest method, but you can also thaw them quickly by placing them in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes.

Do I need to remove the side muscle from the scallops before cooking?

Yes, it's recommended to remove the side muscle from the scallops before cooking. If it hasn't already been done when purchased, simply locate the small, tough side muscle on the side of the scallop and gently pull it off.

How long should I sear the scallops on each side?

For optimal results, sear the scallops for approximately 90 seconds on each side.

Storage Tips

Store any leftovers in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be safely stored for 2-3 days.

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Hibachi style seared scallops being picked up with chopsticks.

Hibachi Scallops

Indulge in restaurant-quality flavors at home with our Hibachi Scallops recipe! Perfectly seared scallops, bathed in garlic butter and lemon juice, bring the taste of Benihana straight to your table. Easy to make and bursting with flavor, it's a must-try for seafood lovers!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Hibachi Scallops
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 217kcal

Ingredients

  • 9-12 Sea Scallops dry scallop, medium sized
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Garlic Clove grated
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral high temp
  • 2 Lemon Wedges

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredient to make hibachi style seared scallops on the countertop.
  • Pat dry the scallops to make sure they are moisture free then sprinkle on some salt and black pepper.
    Scallops seasoned with salt and black pepper.
  • Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds until just melted. Mix in grated garlic with the melted butter and set aside.
    Garlic butter in a bowl.
  • In a large skillet, heat cooking oil on high. Once the oil is hot, reduce the heat to medium and carefully add the scallops. Cook for 1.5 minutes or until browned. Flip the scallops, add the garlic butter, and cook the other side for 1.5-2 minutes all while basting the scallops with the garlic butter using a spoon.
    Scalloped being seared in a frying pan mixed with garlic butter.
  • After searing, squeeze lemon on top, then transfer to serving plate and drizzle any remaining liquid from the pan on top.
    Hibachi style scallops served on a plate with lemon drizzled on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 16mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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