1 Preheat a pan over a high heat and add a tbsp. of oil. Pat dry the scallops with kitchen paper and season well.

2 Add the scallops to the pan flat side down and cook until golden brown, this will take 2-3 minutes.  Don’t move the scallops around in the pan as this will prevent them from cooking.

3 Turn the scallops over and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.

4 Add a knob of butter to the pan and baste the scallops.

5 Remove from the pan and serve immediately.  The scallop should be springy to the touch and be just warm in the centre when tested with a metal skewer.