If you're a fan of scallops, then trust me, you NEED to make these Brown Butter Scallops with Tarragon. They are seared in nutty brown butter until ultra crispy, and then bathed in the same brown butter plus lots of lemon juice and plenty of tarragon. Even better? You only need five simple ingredients to make this restaurant-quality meal.
Remove the small muscle on the side of the scallop if they have one. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. You want them to be VERY dry so they can sear properly.
Heat a large skillet or cast iron skillet to a medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter. Let the butter melt and once it starts to brown on the edges, swirl the pan. Continue to swirl the pan until the butter turns a deep brown color and smells very nutty, it should take about 3 minutes.
Season the scallops with salt (generously) and a little bit of pepper on one side. Reduce the heat on the stove to medium and add the scallops, seasoned-side down in the skillet. Do not overcrowd the pan. If needed, work in two batches, browing one tablespoons of butter at a time with half of the scallops. They need plenty of room, otherwise, they will steam and won't sear.
Let the scallops sear for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the bottom. Season the unseasoned side with salt and pepper. Once they are ready they should easily release from the pan with a spatula or tons. Flip the scallops over and repeat on the other side. They should need about 1-2 minutes on the other side.
After the scallops sear for 1 minute on the other side, add the lemon juice, tarragon and remaining butter. Shake the pan to combine the ingredients. Use a spoon to baste the scallops in the lemon tarragon butter until cooked through. Sprinkle with capers. DO NOT OVERCOOK! Scallops only need about 3-4 minutes to cook fully otherwise, they will get tough.
Remove scallops to a serving dish and serve with lemon brown butter and extra tarragon if desired.