Air Fryer Scallops


  • Fresh scallops
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges (for serving, optional)


  1. Preheat Your Air Fryer: Start by preheating your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). This usually takes a few minutes.
  2. Prepare the Scallops: Rinse the scallops under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels. Make sure they are as dry as possible, as excess moisture can prevent them from getting crispy in the air fryer.
  3. Season: Lightly season the scallops with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can also add your favorite seasonings or herbs for extra flavor.
  4. Arrange in the Basket: Place the scallops in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure they are not overcrowded to allow for proper air circulation. If your air fryer is small, you may need to cook them in batches.
  5. Cook: Cook the scallops in the preheated air fryer for about 5-8 minutes, depending on the size of the scallops. You’ll want to check them after 5 minutes and see if they are cooked to your desired level. They should be golden brown on the outside and opaque in the center. Remember, cooking times may vary based on the brand and model of your air fryer, so keep an eye on them.
  6. Serve: Once the scallops are cooked to your liking, carefully remove them from the air fryer and serve immediately. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over them if desired…

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