Lemon Seared Scallops on Wonton Crisps

Do you like scallops? I don't recall my parents ever preparing them at home, but scallops would be my favorite choice as a child when we would go out for a seafood dinner. Mildly flavored, bite size and no bones ~ they were the perfect vehicle for a squeeze of lemon and loads of tartar sauce. :)

One of us doesn't care for scallops as much as I do, so I don't prepare them very often... however THIS recipe received thumbs up, even from the one who doesn't normally care for scallops. I love when that happens, don't you?! :)

Prepared this way they make a perfect appetizer or starter with a glass of dry sherry, wine of your choice ~ or any cold drink for that matter!

You can shallow-fry the wontons in advance, then just sear the scallops in a little olive oil, butter and lemon zest. To assemble, sprinkle a few slivers of scallions on each wonton, top with a scallop, drizzle with a little of the pan juices and sprinkle with lemon zest.

The delicate crunch of the crispy wonton contrasts perfectly with the mild, tender scallop while the scallion and lemon zest provide the a delightful flavor spike.

I will certainly make these again ~ they are delicious! If you try them, I hope you like them as well.

If you would like a printable copy of this easy recipe, you can find it on my recipe blog by clicking HERE.


  1. Perfect pairing! The textures compliment each other. Wonderful presentation, as always :)

  2. From the zest of the lemon to the crunch of the wonton, this is a perfect bite..thanks

  3. Love scallops..What a great idea Mary!

  4. Looks delicious! Scallops are Grumpy's favorite seafood meal.

  5. Oooo, I love scallops! B-e-a-u-tiful pictures!


  6. I love, love, LOVE scallops!! And really love this idea. I'm putting scallops on the grocery list for this week. Thanks, Mari!

  7. Beautiful pictures, it makes you want to eat it.

  8. Mmm, scallops are one of my favorites. I grew up in MA and remember going to the scallop festivals... all you can eat!

  9. Hi Mari,

    All I have to say is I'm drooling! This is going on my party list.


  10. I can't get over all the wonderful recipes you come up with!
    I LOVE scallops! This looks and sounds so scrumptious!
    Thank you for sharing!
    All the best,

  11. Hello!

    Stopping by for the first time and was very excited by your lovely place here. I will definitely be perusing some of your older posts as everything looks so good!

    Kindly, ldh

  12. Anytime I want scallops, I am at a loss for a new recipe...thanks, this looks great!


  13. I wish I could get big scallops like that! All I can get are the bags of little ones.

  14. Thanks so much for the great comments everyone!

    Pam, I wish I could get some sea scallops for you. xo ~ Mari

  15. Mary, I saw your photo on Foodgawker and knew immediately that it was one of yours.

    I'm definitely going to make these for Moe when he gets home.


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