April 6, 2016

When it comes to seafood dishes, nothing quite captures the taste and texture of perfectly seared scallops. Perhaps it’s the lovely crunch of the outside or the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the middle but this dish, when done well, always goes above and beyond in the taste bud department. By creating a light spice crust with salt and pepper and then searing the scallops in a piping hot skillet, this mollusk turns into a little cake of seafood goodness. Pair it with some risotto, mixed greens or polenta for an elegant and light gourmet dish.

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Seared Scallops


4-5 ea Large Scallops

1 tsp Sea Salt

1 tblsp  Grapeseed Oil

1 oz Butter

1 tblsp Chopped Parsley

1 tsp Lemon Zest

Seared scallops ingredients


Pat scallops dry and season with salt

Heat oil on medium-high heat until it starts to lightly smoke

Add seasoned scallops and sear until golden brown

Recipe for perfectly seared scallops

Add butter and baste scallops until cooked through

Add chopped parsley and lemon zest, cook for 30 seconds; serve

**Garnish with spicy chili oil, fried capers, and whole herbs

Searing scallops