Air fryer scallops are a revelation!
For some reason, there is some disbelief when you tell people about air fryer scallops …surely not, that’s not possible they tell me.
Scallops are a delicate food, make no mistake about it. Even on a stovetop, there is potential to overcook them which leaves them rubbery. Scallops in air fryer should not be possible…surely…Lets find out.
Here’s the thing…I cook for a living. I know what good food is…scallops are good food. Air fryer scallops …really? Yes, really.
They are impressive to say the least. Air fryer sea scallops are delicious…absolutely succulent and wonderfully tender when they are made in the air fryer. Compliment them with a herby delicious and tangy lemon sauce, you have a wonderful dish. Each bite of the dish delivering a zesty bite of food.
There a couple of things that you need to know before you try scallops in air fryer. They do not look like pan fried scallops so don’t expect to see the browning on them. You have to bring them to temperature to cook them…more on this later.
If you have never tried air fryer scallops, yet love seafood. Give it a go. They are simple to prepare and need very few ingredients…olive oil and seasoning…simple.
Why you should cook scallops in air fryer…rather than on a stovetop
I would always recommend that you learn how to do them on the stovetop…there is a skill to it although it is simple to learn. Cooking scallops in air fryer is simple…let the machine take the work and the clean up afterwards is simpler. Your choice of course, there is a method that will suit everybody.
How to cook scallops in hot air fryer
Cooking air fried scallops could not be simpler. Follow this method for perfect scallops in air fryer. Before you start, you need to prepare the scallops. Brush them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat your air fryer to 390F
- Place your scallops into the air fryer
- Cook for two minutes – them turn them over for another two minutes
- Your air fryer scallops are cooked.
Quick tip: Do not wait for them to brown like they would in a pan, they won’t. If you wait for them to brown in an air fryer, they will overcook.
Breaded scallops air fryer
If you don’t fancy plain scallops, then you should consider breaded scallops. The outside is wonderfully crunchy and crispy which gives scallops a whole new consistency. They ate simple to make and make a great change from the usual cooking method.
Air fryer bacon wrapped scallops
This is another favourite of mine…I love bacon…I love scallops. Put them together and…voila!
Do all air fryers take the same time to cook air fryer scallops?
The cooking time is short so you need to keep an eye on them. However, some air fryers are more powerful than others so you must keep an eye on them.
What about frozen scallops in air fryer?
Of course, you can cook frozen scallops in air fryer. Please refer to the manufacturer for timings…although you can extend the cooking time or thaw them beforehand. If you are doing this, ensure they are cooked through before serving.
Hopefully, you have the right information now to deliver fantastic air fryer scallops. If you are new to this, trust me…they are great. I hope I have answered your question on the scallops air fryer method, so over to you…don’t worry, they will be great!
Let me know what you think…is there anything you do different with your air fryer sea scallops? Have you tried seasoning them beforehand? Let us know in the comments.
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