How Long to Air Fry Scallops

Air frying scallops is a quick and delicious way to prepare this seafood delicacy, offering a perfect sear on the outside while keeping the inside succulent and tender. Here’s how to achieve the best results:

Cooking Time and Temperature

  • Temperature: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (about 204°C).
  • Cooking Time: Air fry the scallops for about 6 to 8 minutes.

Preparation Steps

  1. Pat Dry: Before seasoning, pat the scallops dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This helps achieve a better sear.
  2. Season: Lightly season the scallops with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings. You can also brush them with a bit of melted butter or olive oil for extra flavor.
  3. Arrange: Place the scallops in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not touching. This allows the hot air to circulate freely, cooking the scallops evenly.

Cooking Process

  1. Flip Halfway Through: For even cooking and browning, flip the scallops halfway through the cooking time.
  2. Check Doneness: Scallops should be opaque and slightly firm to the touch when done. The internal temperature should reach 125°F to 130°F (about 52°C to 54°C) for medium-rare to medium doneness, which is typically preferred for scallops.

Additional Tips

  • Do Not Overcrowd: Cooking in batches may be necessary to avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can result in unevenly cooked scallops.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheating ensures the scallops start cooking at the right temperature from the moment they’re placed in the basket, contributing to a better sear.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve immediately after cooking for the best texture and flavor. Scallops can be paired with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a drizzle of melted butter, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Cooking scallops in an air fryer is a quick and hassle-free method that results in perfectly cooked scallops every time. By following these simple guidelines, you’ll enjoy restaurant-quality scallops right at home.

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