I mastered cooking scallops thanks to Rick Moonen. Turns out I was cooking them wrong all these years. Did you know you were only supposed to cook them on one side? I did not know that! All this time I could not get them to caramelize right, because I was turning them over. Any way. These really are the best scallops I have ever had. My daughter and husband fought over them and both said they were the best scallops they ever had.
1 1/2lbs sea scallops
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 sprig thyme
Blot scallops dry with paper towels and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a large heavy skillet over high heat. When the pan's hot ad 1 tablespoon butter and swirl it around. Set the scallops in the skillet and add the remaining butter in pieces and the thyme. Cook the scallops basting them with the butter almost constantly. They should have a good brown crust on the bottom and be transclucent in the center.