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All Recipes, Main Dishes / October 27, 2021

Spanish Garlic Scallops | So Good you Won´t be Able to Resist

These Spanish Garlic Scallops, known in Spain as Vieiras al Ajillo, are so good, with one taste you will not be able to resist. They´re packed with flavors, super easy to make and done in just 15 minutes. Serve them next to some roasted potatoes and a salad for one heck of a great meal.

Spanish Garlic Scallops
To make this recipe, I used frozen king scallops that I thawed out. The scallops I bought where wet scallops. Which means they contain a ton of water. These are the type of scallops that are most commonly sold at supermarkets. The secret? Make sure to pat them completely dry with paper towels, that way they get a crusty sear and absorb all the flavors.

Spanish Garlic Scallops
What flavors this dish is the garlic and Sweet Smoked Spanish paprika. This is what´s typical used here in Spain to make this recipe. But you can add any other spices you like. Such as chili powder, red pepper flakes or even cumin.

Spanish Garlic Scallops

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The scallops I used where about 1 inch (2.50 cm) thick. It took me 90 seconds per side to sear them, If your scallops are thicker, go for about 2 minutes per side. Either way, try not to over-cook the scallops, otherwise they get a rubbery texture to them.

Spanish Garlic Scallops

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Garlic Scallops
5 from 2 votes

Spanish Garlic Scallops

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 239 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8 king scallops
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley 8 grams
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • dash sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat

  2. Meanwhile, roughly chop 4 cloves of garlic and pat dry 8 king scallops with paper towels, season with sea salt & black pepper on both sides

  3. After heating the pan for about 7 to 8 minutes, add in 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and start adding the scallops into the pan, all in a single layer

  4. After 90 seconds flip the scallops to cook the other side, after another 90 seconds and the scallops have a crusty sear on both sides, remove the pan from the heat

  5. Transfer the scallops in a single layer into a serving dish

  6. Heat the same pan with a low-medium heat, add in the chopped garlic and mix with the olive oil, after 30 seconds add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika, turn off the heat and mix together

  7. Pour the sauce over the scallops and top off with finely chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Garlic Scallops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 239mg10%
Potassium 181mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 586IU12%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Lili

    5 stars
    Simple and delicious!

    25 . Apr . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Appreciate the comment! Much love 🙂

      25 . Apr . 2024
  2. Michael

    Do you have a preferred brand or style of Spanish paprika for this recipe?

    29 . Aug . 2022
  3. Tammy

    5 stars
    I wish we had doubled the recipe. It was amazing! Can you give an idea how much 8 king scallops weigh?

    09 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      One king scallop weighs in at about 1 oz / 28 grams, Glad uyou enjoyed the dish! Much love 🙂

      10 . Jun . 2022
  4. Nick sydney

    Do you have a book

    03 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Not at this time, hopefully in the future 🙂 much love

      03 . Nov . 2021

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