This recipe can also be made with larger sea scallops. Slice them into thinner pieces and be sure to remove the small, tough side muscle, if it is present.
The scallops take very little preparation; toss them with some flour and chop the garlic. Since cooking time is only about 3 minutes, have all of the ingredients and meal items ready when you add the scallops to the pan. Avoid overcooking them, as they can become tough and rubbery when overcooked.
If you would like to add vegetables to the scallops, mushrooms are a good choice. Sauté about 1 cup of sliced mushrooms for about 2 minutes before you add the scallops to the pan. Or for a smokey flavor, garnish the scallops with a few tablespoons of cooked crumbled bacon or pancetta. Browned butter is another excellent flavor enhancer. Brown 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over the cooked scallops. If you are adhering to a low carb diet, feel free to skip the flour dusting.
A combination of garlic and olive oil make the flavors in this dish similar to shrimp scampi. They make a tasty topping for hot boiled rice. Angel hair pasta is another excellent choice. The garnish of fresh chopped parsley adds flavor and color to the dish. Feel free to garnish the scallops with sliced green onion tops or chives if you like. Or sprinkle the scallops with shredded or grated Parmesan cheese.