4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds bay scallops
3 tablespoons minced shallots
Salt and pepper
Chopped basil or snipped chives for garnish
Heat oven to maximum, at least 500 degrees. As it heats, place a roasting pan large enough to hold scallops in one layer in oven. When oven is hot, add butter to pan. Cook, shaking pan once or twice, until butter has melted and begun to turn brown.
Immediately add scallops and cook, undisturbed, about 3 minutes. Add shallots and stir. Roast for 2 minutes, or until scallops are tender and not at all rubbery; do not overcook. Remove to a platter, season with salt and pepper, stir in herb and serve.