Garlic Parmesan Air Fried Scallops

Garlic Parmesan Air Fried Scallops

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Embark on a culinary adventure with our delectable Garlic Parmesan Air Fried Scallops recipe. These succulent scallops are coated in a flavorful mixture of minced garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs, then air fried to golden perfection. Served with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of chopped parsley, this dish is sure to tantalize your taste buds and impress your guests.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound scallops

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Cooking spray

  • Lemon wedges, for serving

  • Chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions:

1. Preheat Your Air Fryer:

Begin by preheating your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). This ensures that it's hot and ready to cook your scallops to crispy perfection.

2. Prepare the Coating:

In a mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. Mix well to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed. This flavorful mixture will form the coating for your scallops.

3. Coat the Scallops:

Pat the scallops dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. This step is essential for achieving a crispy exterior on the scallops. Once dry, toss the scallops in the garlic Parmesan breadcrumb mixture, ensuring that they are evenly coated on all sides.

4. Air Fry the Scallops:

Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Arrange the coated scallops in a single layer in the basket, making sure they are not touching or overcrowded. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the scallops in batches.

5. Cook Until Golden:

Carefully place the basket in the preheated air fryer and cook the scallops for 6-8 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Flip the scallops halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning on both sides.

6. Serve and Garnish:

Once the scallops are cooked to perfection, transfer them to a serving platter. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top of the scallops and sprinkle them with chopped parsley for a burst of freshness and color.

7. Enjoy:

Serve the Garlic Parmesan Air Fried Scallops immediately, while they are still hot and crispy. These scallops are delicious on their own or paired with your favorite dipping sauce or side dish.

Tips for Success:

  • Ensure that the scallops are dry before coating them with the garlic Parmesan breadcrumb mixture. Excess moisture can prevent the coating from adhering properly and result in a soggy texture.

  • Use fresh garlic for the best flavor in this recipe. Alternatively, you can use garlic powder if fresh garlic is not available.

  • For extra crispy scallops, you can lightly spray them with cooking spray before placing them in the air fryer.

  • Serve the scallops with additional lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the top, if desired.

  • Customize the seasoning of the breadcrumb mixture to suit your taste preferences. You can add herbs such as thyme or oregano for extra flavor.

With these tips in mind, you're ready to create a restaurant-quality Garlic Parmesan Air Fried Scallops dish that's sure to impress. Enjoy the crispy, flavorful scallops with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of parsley for a delightful culinary experience.

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