Screaming Martini Scallops Recipe -
Screaming Martini Scallops Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Screaming Martini Scallops

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"Large, creamy white sea scallops are cooked at high heat with vermouth and capers. Delicious alone or over pasta! The degree of spiciness can be adjusted with the pepper flakes. Recipe 'as is' is pretty hot!"

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; melt butter in the hot oil. Arrange scallops in the skillet, leaving space between each, and season with onion powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Cook scallops until lightly browned, about 4 minutes per side.
  2. Turn heat up to high and add vermouth, capers, and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Shake the pan to flip scallops and distribute capers and red pepper flakes. Cook until scallops are golden brown, glazed, and the vermouth has nearly evaporated, 5 to 8 minutes.
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Jun 14, 2014

Due to my sensitive innards I dispensed with the heat of the red pepper flakes but found even without it this was a 5-star recipe. I used less capers than the recipe directed so as to add a subtle, not overpowering flavor, which capers often can be. The butter and vermouth worked together to make a rich, brown pan sauce, the perfect finish to the meaty, sweet (use dry pack!) scallops.

Dec 30, 2012

Excellent! I only used 8 scallops because my supermarket only had the large ones and I substituted vermouth for white wine. I made some fresh pasta to go with it and it was a huge hit.


12 Ratings

Jul 12, 2015

I love scallops, but can’t say that I’ve ever loved any particular way they’ve been cook. At least not enough to get excited about making them twice the same way. Well, that's all changed! I’ve fallen in love with this recipe, have made it several times, and have no desire to search for another scallop recipe. The rich butter sauce compliments the scallop’s flavor and doesn’t try to cover it up like many bread crumb coated recipes. The best part is, it’s easy to make. I'm not one to stock fancy flavored cooking oils, so I start with plain olive oil and saute it with a clove of minced garlic before adding the scallops. For a beautiful golden brown color, you really need to get the scallops good and dry by patting them with a paper towel. I leave out the red pepper flakes, but will sprinkle a few over the top of hubby’s since he enjoys a little spice. When you’re done, you will feel like a gourmet chef.

Aug 26, 2014

Great easy recipe. I took out the capers and added chopped onion to the sauce we had it over linguine. I will definately make it again.

Dec 27, 2012

Delicious. The scallops were cooked just right following these directions. I didn't use the pepper flakes because I don't like spicy food. I tasted the scallops by themselves, then ate them over pasta with alfredo sauce. They were delicious both ways! Great flavor.

Jan 03, 2015

WOW! I made these scallops for New Year's Eve dinner and they were a huge hit! In fact, I'm making them again tonight and it's only a few days later from when I first made them. Gosh, the capers really add a great saltiness to the sauce. I went a little easy on the red pepper but everything else was just as the recipe calls for. So glad I found this recipe! I've already shared it with a few friends.

Jul 11, 2015

Delicious! Will make again. Had ours over pasta and mixed some peas in for a complete meal

Feb 01, 2015

Such a quick and easy way to impress your friends and family! I used fresh garlic and sweet vermouth. These scallops were the highlight of the night!


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  • Calories
  • 360 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 12.7 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 41.7 g
  • 83%
  • Sodium
  • 910 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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