Bay Scallops are a delicious alternative to the much more expensive diver scallops. So what is the difference between diver scallops and bay scallops? Diver scallops are generally much larger, and usually hand picked by divers who pull them out of the ocean by hand. Bay scallops are much smaller and can be caught in mass by ships with crews. We definitely think each of them have their place at the table, but if you start serving diver scallops as an appetizer you might run out of money for dinner! So, this is a great middle ground. They are almost as delicate as diver scallops when prepared right and definitely give you the same flavor.
Place butter in a medium skillet and turn skillet to medium-high heat. The butter will begin to sizzle and brown: that is perfect.
Once butter starts to bubble and brown, add in the scallops to the skillet. Do not let the scallops touch. Let sear until the bottom side of the scallops become more white and the edges start browning.
Once bottom half of the scallops are more white than translucent, flip scallops to the other side and repeat. Remove from heat right after the scallops finish. Serve hot and serve immediately.