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a plate of air fried scallops and zoodles with a garlic butter sauce

Air Fryer Scallops in a Dill Garlic Butter Sauce

Sandi Gaertner
A mouthwatering quick and easy air fryer scallops in a dill garlic butter sauce.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 155 kcal


  • 16 ounces scallops * see note
  • 3 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste


  • If your scallops are frozen, thaw in a bowl of warm water for 15 minutes. Change the water once to rewarm the water. Once thawed, pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • If your scallops are fresh, pat them dry to absorb the extra moisture.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400º F for 2 minutes.
  • Spray the basket with a cooking oil that tolerates high heat. I like to use either avocado oil or canola.
  • Add the scallops to the air fryer basket. Make sure the scallops are not touching each other. It is important that the air is able to circulate around each scallop.
  • Dust each scallop with salt and pepper. Spray oil over the scallops and close the air fryer.
  • Cook for 6 minutes. Open the air fryer and turn the scallops over. Cook 2-3 more minutes.
  • While the scallops are cooking, add the butter and garlic to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat. Cook 2 minutes then add the fresh dill. Stir and turn the heat down to simmer. Cook 5 minutes.
  • Place the scallops in the dill garlic butter sauce and mix to coat.
  • Serve hot with rice, pasta, or zucchini zoodles.



  1. Try to use a sustainable caught wild scallop. I like to use the Open Nature brand.
  2. Many ask if you can cook frozen scallops in your air fryer. Cooking them frozen has a lot of potential to make your scallops gummy. It only takes 15 minutes at the most to thaw your scallops. Just put them in warm water as I mentioned above.
  3. You can use dried dill if you can't find fresh dill in your market. Use 2 teaspoons of dried dill.
  4. These scallops will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.


Serving: 1gCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 14gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 810mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 277IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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