Why are my scallops not browning?

Chef's answer
A wet scallop has been soaked in a preservative phosphate solution. This makes the scallop absorb more water, and when you cook them, they kind of shrivel a bit and don't brown as well because of that extra liquid. The phosphate solution also gives the scallop an off flavor, and they're usually not as fresh.25 Jun 2018
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The scallops will be cooked with a slightly rare-medium rare center at this point. You can continue to cook for 2 min if you prefer them to be closer to medium (We prefer them closer to rare). Serve immediately with some lemon wedges to add a touch of citrus and sprinkle with finishing salt to taste.20 May 2019
Instructions
  • Take the scallops, thawed if frozen, and place them on a paper towel. ...
  • Heat a cast iron skillet or non-stick pan over a high heat.
  • Once the pan is very hot, add the oil.
  • Place each scallop carefully into the oil and cook untouched for 2 minutes.
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    And lean muscle requires quick cooking. An overcooked scallop has a very chewy texture. That's because the proteins have cooked to the point that they squeeze out all the moisture. And there is no extra fat present in a scallop to help to mask the fact that they are overcooked.23 May 2011
    Even though I leave them in the pan for several minutes at a time, despite the shriveling and burning, they always end up raw in the middle. The insides are cold, fishy tasting, and, to be honest, pretty nauseating.
    Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Season generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place on a plate.23 Nov 2020
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