The base recipe for sea scallops is to season lightly, and sear on both sides in a little bit of heated olive oil.
12 medium sea scallops, cleaned.
4 T. extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for searing
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. minced fresh herbs (rosemary or thyme work well)
1 T. sea salt
1/2 T. freshly ground black pepper
Marinate scallops with olive oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper for 20 min.
Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops. Sear 1 to 2 min. per side, until golden brown. Serve immediately.