Air Fryer Frozen Scallops

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Air Fryer Frozen Scallops. How to air fry frozen scallops in a delicious tomato butter sauce. Zero prep, dump and start air fryer seafood recipe and perfect for date nights and dinner parties.

Air Fryer Frozen Scallops
Air Fryer Frozen Scallops

Air Fryer Frozen Scallops

I remember the first time that my aunt introduced me to scallops. I was 15 and it was the November of 1997.

My parents were travelling, and I was staying with my Grandparents, while my parents were on a six week RV adventure.

I spent quite a bit of time around at my aunt and uncles. I always felt my grandparents were too old and in bad health that I didn’t want to annoy them 24/7 and my aunts house was a wonderful safe sanctuary.

My aunt is an amazing cook and I looked forward to what she was cooking next.

She taught me how to make a cheese sauce, a quiche and baked cookies. Along with many other things.

My uncle was just as good in the kitchen and as a fisherman was always bringing some nice fish or seafood home and making something amazing.

One night for dinner, I can’t remember what the main course was, but I do remember starting our meal with what I was told was garlic butter queenies.

Until that point, I don’t think I had ever tried any type of scallop and was so in love.

How can something taste so good just from being tossed in garlic butter? It was one of all-time favourite childhood meals and I have not had them since.

Fast forward to Boxing Day 2019 and I am shopping and find packs of frozen scallops in tomato butter that are asking for me to cook them and share them with you on Recipe This.

Well today is the day and let me tell you now that air fryer frozen scallops are well worth adding to your air fryer must try list.

What Are Queenies?

I am sure I have confused you, by calling them queenies and not just saying that I ate some scallops. In fact, it originally confused me for many years.

You see it was the only time I had scallops and as they had been introduced to me as queenies, I never realised what I ate back in 1997 was scallops.

You see queenies is the name given to queen scallops. They are a smaller scallop compared to the king scallop and are most common for starters, appetizers and serving as finger food at dinner parties.

Chances are that most people that have tried scallops have in fact tried queenies. Or maybe you know them as small scallops and know king scallops as large scallops?

Think of them like comparing our instant pot baked potatoes with our instant pot new potatoes.

Best Way To Cook Frozen Scallops?

In my opinion, the best way to cook frozen scallops is to cook frozen scallops in an air fryer.

If you think about how you would normally cook scallops, then the chances are that it involves either the deep fat fryer or the frying pan.

Both types are what the air fryer is popular at doing.

You can place scallops in the air fryer loaded with garlic butter and it will cook everything for you in one small air fryer baking pan.

The garlic butter will melt as the scallops cook and the scallops will taste AMAZING.

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Scallops In The Air Fryer

What is great about the air fryer is that it can cook many different types of scallops.

I know the most common is scallops in a garlic butter sauce, but here are a few other air fryer scallop ideas:

  • Air Fryer Breaded Scallops
  • Air Fryer Battered Scallops
  • Air Fryer Fresh Scallops
  • Air Fryer Frozen Bacon Wrapped Scallops
  • Air Fryer Scallops And Shrimp

Best of all, regardless of how you have your scallops, you can use our air fryer scallops cooking time for the recipe.

That is because we slow down the cook time when cooking scallops in the baking pan, so those versions that take longer, will end up with the same cook time.

We experimented with a few different types of scallops and found that this rule always applied.

How To Cook Frozen Scallops In An Air Fryer?

Air Fryer Frozen Scallops step by step

Cooking air fryer frozen scallops is so lazy and here are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Load your frozen scallops into the air fryer baking pan with their garlic butter.
  2. Place the baking pan inside the air fryer and cook on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir and serve.

How Do You Know When Scallops Are Cooked?

The easiest way to tell that scallops are cooked is by their colour. When they go into the air fryer they will have that fleshy raw fish look. But once cooked air fryer scallops will turn white.

How Long To Cook Frozen Scallops In Air Fryer?

Our air fryer frozen scallops take JUST 10 minutes to cook. We cook our scallops in the air fryer at a temperature of 160c/320f.

This ensures that the scallops are cooked but not overdone. Remember scallops are delicate and they are easy to ruin if you use a high heat.

Keto Air Fryer Scallops

On keto and want some delicious air fryer scallops? Then I recommend you follow our guide in this recipe, but instead make your own garlic butter as then you know EXACTLY what ingredients are going into the scallops and can make sure they are keto friendly.

I like to mix together garlic cloves, butter, salt, pepper and parsley. But you can have a favourite alternative.

Air Fryer Frozen Scallops
Air Fryer Frozen Scallops
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Air Fryer Frozen Scallops

Air Fryer Frozen Scallops. How to air fry frozen scallops in a delicious tomato butter sauce. Zero prep, dump and start air fryer seafood recipe and perfect for date nights and dinner parties.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 145kcal


Air Fryer Frozen Scallops Ingredients:

  • 420 g Frozen Garlic Butter Scallops


  • Remove the packaging from the frozen scallops and load into the air fryer baking pan.
  • Load the baking pan into the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes at 160c/320f.
  • Stir and serve.


Follow the cooking times above for our air fryer scallops for other types of scallops. This especially applies to bacon wrapped frozen scallops and breaded scallops which we have also tested.
The garlic butter will naturally melt in the air fryer as the scallops cook. No need to melt your butter in the air fryer first.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 431mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Scallops”

  1. 4 stars
    Not everyone’s cup of tea these scallops but they are gorgeous and i can eat them forever and the recipe here worked great many thanks and another use for my air fryer.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious. I made my own garlic and Italian parsley Butter. Very good. Now I can have scallops more often because I don’t have to thaw them first!


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