Bay Scallops Recipe Air Fryer

Scallops are one of our favorite types of seafood, so when I told them we had Air Fryer Old Bay Scallops for dinner, everyone applauded and cheered.

Air Fryer Scallops are simple to make with few ingredients and can be served as an appetizer or as part of the main course. They’re tender and succulent and served with garlic butter, fresh parsley, and lemon juice.

These air fryer scallops are a must-try if you’re looking for an easy seafood recipe to add to your repertoire or an elegant appetizer for a dinner party. They are quick to prepare and only take 5-6 minutes to cook in the air fryer!

While I season them with old bay seasoning, you can experiment with different spices, salt, and pepper. These spicy scallops are delicious on their own or in lettuce wraps, tacos, salads, or served over rice or pasta. If desired, serve with lemon wedges.

Ingredients Of Air Fryer Spicy Bay Scallops

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound bay scallops, rinsed and patted dry

Bay Scallops Recipe Air Fryer Instructions 

  • Remove the side muscle from each scallop and pat dry.
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  • Combine them with olive oil and Old Bay seasoning in a mixing bowl. 
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  • Toss until well combined.
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  • Place the scallops in the air fryer basket and cook for 5 to 6 minutes at 400 degrees.
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  • If desired, serve with lemon wedges on the side and/or with fettuccine alfredo, salad, or rice.

Time Duration Of Bay Scallops Recipe

  • Prep:5 mins
  • Total:15 mins
  • Servings:4
  • Yield:4 servings
  • Cook:10 mins

Nutrition Fact For Scallops Recipe Air Fryer

  • Protein: 28.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.2g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g4 
  • Sugars: 0.4g
  • Fat: 3.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 68.5mg
  • Vitamin C: 1.9mg
  • Folate: 2.6mcg
  • Calcium: 49.1mg


Do you rinse bay scallops before cooking?

Before cooking, rinse the scallops and pat them dry with paper towels. 

Scallops will not brown properly if they have too much moisture on the outside.

Can I cook frozen scallops in an air fryer?

Fill the air fryer basket halfway with frozen scallops. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F and flip halfway for 6 to 8 minutes. And baste with butter throughout the cooking process.

What temperature do you fry scallops?

Once the oil has reached temperature (350 F), add several scallops to the hot oil (about 6 to 10 depending on pan size) and fry until golden brown, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. They should be moist and warm in the middle.

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I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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