Monday, January 25, 2010

Do Scallops Scare You?

Scallops scared me for the longest time, until my best friend Kathie and her mom Maria taught me how to prepare them!  Now they are a mainstay in my freezer for those moments I am craving something quick, yet elegant!  Don't be afraid.  I have some tips to help you:

  1. Keep a bag of frozen scallops (I love Trader Joe's brand)
  2. Defrost under COLD RUNNING water (may take about 5 minutes), but please do NOT leave on the counter to defrost
  3. Pat dry, really dry (this is KEY)
  4. Get a pan hot over medium to medium-high heat 
  5. Use a vegetable oil, not butter (yet), but don't put too much--just enough to coat the bottom of a pan
  6. Don't crowd the pan or the oil will drop too much in temperature
  7. Flip only once--be sure that the side is browned enough before you turn the scallop
  8. Don't overcook, they are like shrimp and only take about 3-5 minutes to cook (Fast Food, huh?)
  9. Remove the scallops once cooked and finish the pan off with a pat of butter to make the sauce glisten. Now you're ready!
Asian Inspired Scallop Salad
Serves 2
12 scallops
1/4 cup flour
Salt & Pepper 
2-3 Tbsp oil
Baby Greens
Carrots, grated
Cucumber, diced or sliced

Asian Vinaigrette 
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • Prepare your salad plates and whisk your vinaigrette ingredients together. 
  • Follow above tips regarding scallop preparation. Pat dry and heat pan.  Season flour with salt & pepper. Toss scallops lightly with flour.  Add 1/2 of the scallops to the heated pan.  Flip in 3 minutes or once a brown crust forms on the bottom.  Once cooked, remove and place on paper towels and begin the next batch. When all are cooked, add in 1 tbsp of butter to pan.  Scrape up brown bits and then add in 2-3 Tbsp of vinaigrette mixture.  Return scallops to pan to toss in sauce.  Serve with salad greens. 
  • Toss lettuce with remaining vinaigrette and serve!  


robinplotkin said...

Gorgeous! I'm going to go to Central Market to see if they have frozen...if not, maybe I'll try fresh. I love scallops!

Michelle said...

Yum! I'm going to try this!!