Monday, May 21, 2012

pan-seared scallops

Scallops? Oh, yes. YES. Along with a glass of white wine, I'm not sure dinner (or lunch) gets much better. Light & satisfying, what I love most about this particular recipe (from Use Real Butter) is its simplicity. When pan-searing scallops, it's important, however, to heed two vital rules: (a) Dry the scallops as much as possible prior to cooking, and (b) do not overcook.

Now go get yourself some large bay scallops and get after it. 

Pan-seared Scallops
4 large, dried scallops (I did 6)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup white wine
Pat the scallops dry with a towel or paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the scallops (both sides). 

Heat olive oil in a frying pan (don’t use non-stick) over high heat. When oil is hot, place the scallops in the pan with at least one or two inches between them (so they don’t crowd and steam one another).

 Flip the scallops and cook for another minute or until base is browned. After two minutes, the base should be browned nicely. 

Remove scallops from heat and set on serving dish(es). While still on high heat, drop a pat of butter into the pan. Move the pat around the pan until melted completely. Pour in the wine and use a whisk or spoon to scrape the pan and stir it into the liquid. Leave the heat on high and let the sauce boil until it reduces to desired consistency.

Immediately remove from heat and serve with scallops.

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  1. I made that same spinach and strawberry salad last week. :)

    Nice job on the scallops. They look perfect. No matter how much I pat them with a paper towel, I can never get mine to sear.

  2. Yummy! I can never get mine to sear either...