This Pan Seared Scallops with Arugula Mint Pesto recipe is flavorful and easy to prepare. The pesto is a fresh combination of arugula, mint, garlic, Marcona almonds and Parmesan cheese.
In a blender or Cuisinart, combine garlic, almonds, Parmesan cheese, arugula and mint. Blend or pulse until mixed.
With motor running, slowly add olive oil into the mixture. Blend well. If pesto seems too thick, add a little more olive oil.
Transfer to a bowl and adjust salt and pepper to taste if desired. Set aside.
Season both sides of the scallops with salt and pepper. Heat oil and butter in a large pan over high heat.
Add scallops to pan, avoid crowding them. Cook scallops for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Don’t move them while cooking. Flip the scallops with a tong and sear for another 1 1/2 minutes. Your scallops should have a golden brown crust on them. Serve immediately over arugula mint pesto.