Seared Scallops With Whiskey Cream Sauce

Scallops make me swoon. The only scallops I’ve ever met that I didn’t like are overcooked scallops. There is a fine line between ridiculous (as in you want to lick the plate they’re so good) and rubbery.  I love them because they’re sweet, succulent and when you sear them my knees buckle. A little butter, a little olive oil, a simple sprinkling of  sea salt and pepper and you’re halfway there.  Honestly they would be just fine like this but I am saucy ehem a sauce girl so we press forward. With whiskey. And cream. And butter. Because I love you.


You’re welcome! You can also thank Land O’Lakes. Why? Well because they’ve made things a whole lot easier in the kitchen for those of us that LURVE butter and olive oil. How you ask? They’ve COMBINED butter and olive oil and sea salt. Can you hear the music? Pretty stinking genius if you ask me! Have you tried it? I’m smitten.

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you for your entries. Contest has ended. Winner is: CARL and has been notified via email.



One lucky reader is going to receive


  • SIGNED copies of BOTH of Ree’s amazing cookbooks.
  •  3 of Ree’s favorite cooking utensils.
  • Free coupon to try Land O’Lakes Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt.


Leave a comment describing how you would like to use Land O’Lakes Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt.

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Legal Schmegal: Giveaway is open to those 18 years and older with a US address. Contest runs August 1-8, 2012. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. One winner will be randomly selected and will be notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to reply to claim prize or alternate winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: The author received a gift package from Land O’Lakes, including two cookbooks, a whisk, a slotted spoon, tongs and a full-value coupon redeemable for LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, for recipe development and review purposes. One winner will receive the same gift package. All opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.


Seared Scallops With Whiskey Cream Sauce



  1. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Season with salt/pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot add butter and melt. Add scallops. Cook for approximately 1-2 minutes until a crust has developed. Carefully flip and repeat. Remove scallops. Keep warm.
  3. Deglaze pan with whiskey. Cook until alcohol has burned off. Add garlic and cream. Cook until mixture slightly thickens.
  4. Pour sauce over scallops. Garnish with fresh chives if desired.




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    Those scallops look incredible. Love the sauce. Super fun giveaway. mi manchi tanto! xx

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    That’s gorgeous Paula! And what a great giveaway. 🙂

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    Lisa Bailey /

    Those scallops look terrific. I posted, tweeted and pinned as requested. Now I need to cook these beauties.

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    i would use this product when sauteing whole green beans with fresh garlic & lemon zest… it would save a couple of steps. and i’m about simplicity!
    the scallops look amazing, saucy girl;)

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    Teresa /

    I have some squash fresh from my garden that would taste great sauteed with onions in the olive oil and a little sea salt. Or I could steam the squash and add Land O’Lakes Butter and sea salt. Yummy!

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    Marcia /

    Well, I’d try the butter/olive oil/sea salt on those scallops for sure! But it would also be great with Chicken Picatta! Yum!

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    I wonder how it would taste in NOLA style BBQ shrimp. I imagine it would give a wonderful flavor to the dish!

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    I pinned on Pinterest – tssk10

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    Lee Hughes /

    Land O’Lakes butter with olive oil and sea salt would be perfect for sauteing fresh vegetables! I’d also use it to make sauces for fish or seafood.

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    Lee Hughes /

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    I would love to sauté vegetables in that butter!

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    I think I’d try using the butter with olive oil and sea salt to sautee asparagus. Mmmmm, delicious!

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    Scallops are an all time favorite of mine and I totally agree with you on the sad events when you take a bite of one that’s overcooked. What a waste. I’ve had scallops with a sauce similar to this one, it sounds sooo good. Will definitely add it to the docket.

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    Ohhh I’m on a scallops kick! And they seem like they’d go so well with whiskey! I hate to drink it but I’m loving it in food [and desserts] lately!

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    Hmmmm…I’d use it with some garlic and rosemary and maybe a hint of rosemary to make REALLY decadent garlic bread!!

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    Katie /

    I bet it would taste great with some steamed veggies or drizzled over some popcorn with some herbs and an extra sprinkle of sea salt!

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    MommyNamedApril /

    I would make some zucchini noodles and sauté them with the butter and some garlic. Delish!

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    Kristen M /

    Okay, so not the most creative “recipe” but I’d totally use this on a baked potato.

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    I would use the Land O’Lakes Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt to saute some wild mushrooms…hm…drooling. I love your seared scallops too. Can’t wait to try.

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    Teslaca /

    At this time of year, butter gets a workout in my kitchen with all the wonderful fresh vegetables. I haven’t seen this butter/oil combination product in my store, but would love to try it for pan-frying all sorts of vegetables.

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    I would use the butter to try this recipe! Looks awesome!

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    Laurel Wycoff /

    I’d use that to make some Garlic Shrimp w Angel Hair pasta. Yum!

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    Oh girl, scallops make me swoon too. And so do the Land o’ Lakes half sticks of butter, so brilliant! And this sauce has me drooooling! Love it!

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    Mmm, this sounds amazing!

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    Sara /

    I’d use it to grill some amazing fish!

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    I’d use it in a pasta dish…just don’t know which one

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    I would use the Land O Lakes Olive oil and sea salt butter to accompany and olive cheese loaf bread.

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    Christina /

    This would be great on warm bread!

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    Schmidty /

    I’d use it on grilled veggies

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    Janel /

    I am pretty sure I would use it to make an amazing pasta dish!

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    Helen /

    I would use it on some Jersey Corn!!!! Best in the USA!

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    Kate /

    I LOVE the new land I lakes butter with olive oil and sea salt! I use it on fish or a good crusty bread. Or both!

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    Jessie C. /

    I’d use it for baking

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    joann /

    Oo! That sounds like it would be great as a topper for steak!

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    Deanna Peoples /

    I’d make a savory popcorn with asiago cheese

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    I pinned the scallops. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    Gail /

    I would use it to saute lump crab cakes – YUMMM – follow everything i should & tweeted & pinned (all new stuff for this old gal – lol)

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    Rhonda Desgranges /

    I would use the Land O Lakes butter paired with some home made fresh bread. Thanks for the chance to win!


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    Carolsue /

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    Corisa /

    The butter would be great for searing a perfect piece of filet mingon!

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    Veal Marsala!!!

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    Marissa Kubinski /

    The butter would be delicious as a sauce for chicken or over a filet.

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    I would like to use this to saute things like mushrooms, onions, and/or potatoes. Maybe grilled sandwiches would be good, too.

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    TK /

    I think the butter would make a lovely alfredo sauce!

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    I would love to use it in some of my pasta sauces for that additional richness.

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    jan /

    I’d use it to sauté some garlic then add it to some homemade pasta!

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    Cori /

    I would love to try the butter on a huge chunk of warm, crusty sourdough bread!

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    You make me want to run in the kitchen and make this happen!

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    I so want to make these! I had them in a restaurant a while back and they were so delicious!!!

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    Jan /

    These would seem to be perfect for using with pasta and shrimp in a creamy sauce

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    Renee Richardson /

    I would love it for a yummy chicken alfredo. Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

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    meredith /

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    Babs /

    This sounds like it would be delicious on all types of roasted vegetables. Great giveaway!

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    saute veggies!

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    Raakhee /

    I think I would use it on every savoury item like baked potato,toast,few Indian dishes. I think make everything tasty. 🙂

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    Erin G /

    I would love to cook and all types of seafoods with pasta

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    I think I’d make savory scones!

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    MaryBeth /

    I’m a simple gal – I would slather that butter on some warm crusty bread!

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    Meghan Finley /

    I’d make an awesome sauce with it. Don’t make me choose now! 🙂

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    I don’t need to be entered in the contest but wanted to say I am dying over those scallops, Paula! Wow!

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    Ruth Naylor /

    I would love to use it in a quick stir fry with some veggies and shrimp.

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    Carl /

    So great to have won this cool prize. Thanks very much!

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    My hubby is a huge Scallops fan and doesn’t mind Whiskey either – must make!

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    ana /

    can i use jack daniels?

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    Lisa Bailey /

    Made these scallops for Easter Lunch. Paired with Vegetable Paella and white wine—ohmy! Scallops were perfect and the sauce a nice touch.


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