Scallops in Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Pasta loving is the name of my game, and this amped up version of a traditional brown butter sauce is quite the treat. Scallops are the star of this dish which makes it super special for a celebration or date night meal. The nuttiness of the browned butter alongside the earthy mushrooms is real comforting pasta winner.

November 14, 2022
Scallops in Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Scallops in Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Alissa DiSanto
  • Prep Time
    20 min
  • Cook Time
    20 min
  • Total Time
    40 min
  • Servings
  • Difficulty
    Super Easy


  • 1 large shallot minced
  • 1lb orecchiette pasta
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 20oz sliced portobella mushrooms
  • 16-20 small sea scallops
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4tbsp butter
  • 1 bunch fresh sage leaves
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pine Nuts


  1. Cook pasta according to the package in salted water. Before draining the water reserve some of that starchy pasta water to loosen the sauce up later on in the recipe.
  2. Pat scallops with paper towels until very dry. Remove the side muscle if still intact. Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  3. In a sauté pan, melt 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the scallops season side down. Allow to cook for approximately 2 minutes. Add another tbsp of butter and the sage leaves. Flip the scallops and cook another 2 minutes. Spoon butter over top the scallops while they finish cooking. Once fully cooked remove from pan and set aside on a dish.
  4. Add the other 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and add in the mushrooms. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the mushrooms to cook down and soften for a few minutes. Add the shallots and a few more leaves of sage and cover again for a few more minutes.
  5. Add the pasta water into the pan, along with the pasta and more sage if desired. Allow the sauce to thicken and coat the pasta. Stir several times.
  6. Divide pasta among bowls, top with scallops, parm cheese, and toasted pine nuts.


  • Scallops can over cook very quickly so make sure you’re attentive to how long they’ve been cooking.

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