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Air Fryer Scallops

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American


Air Fryer Scallops are tender, succulent and easy to prepare with melted garlic butter, fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice!


  • 1 1/2 pounds sea scallops (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons old bay seasoning
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • lemon wedges for serving
  • chopped fresh parsley to garnish


  1. Place the scallops in a colander and rinse under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Use a knife or your fingers to remove the side muscle on each scallop. 
  3. Preheat your air fryer on 400F for 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, gently toss the scallops with oil and old bay seasoning.
  5. Carefully arrange the scallops in the air fryer basket in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd them.
  6. Air fry for 3 minutes, flip the scallops over and air fry for another 2-3 minutes, or until the scallops are opaque.
  7. Repeat with remaining scallops.
  8. While the scallops are air frying, mix together the melted butter and garlic.
  9. Serve the scallops with lemon wedges, melted garlic butter and chopped fresh parsley.


  1. This recipe was tested in a Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer. If you have a different size, brand or model, you may need to adjust the air frying temperature and time slightly.
  2. Some brands of air fryers call for preheating. I prefer to preheat mine so the scallops hit a hot basket and start cooking right away.
  3. If your air fryer doesn’t have a non-stick basket, you may wish to spray your basket with oil or line it with foil or parchment paper to ensure the scallops don’t stick to the basket.
  4. After you rinse the scallops, make sure they are dried before seasoning them. Excess moisture will affect how well they air fry.
  5. To ensure the scallops cook evenly, you’ll want to air fry them in a single layer and not overcrowd them. This will mean air frying in 2-3 batches.
  6. Be sure to check out the other sections above the recipe card for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.

Keywords: air fried scallops