Scallops are often ordered in restaurants but a lot of home cooks are nervous about tackling them because they are unsure how to cook scallops.
Actually there is nothing difficult about making scallop recipes, and they are no more difficult to work with than shrimp or fish filets. Once you know how to prepare and cook them, you will find there are plenty of uses for this delicious ingredient.
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Scallops can be used to top pizza or to make your salad more interesting. Wrap them in bacon and deep-fry or grill them, or pan-fry them to make a simple yet flavorful appetizer. You can combine scallops with other kinds of shellfish to make a chowder, or make them the highlight of your meal.
Scallops are available in various sizes, either fresh if you live near the coast, or frozen if you do not, so pick whichever kind suits your needs the best.
Succulent Seared Scallops Recipe in a Citrus Sauce
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ingredients For Succulent Seared Scallops Recipe in a Citrus Sauce
- Bullet Point 116 sea scallops.
- 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds.
- 2 tablespoons white sugar.
- 4 tangerines.
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar.
- 3 oranges.
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives.
- 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted butter.
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil.
- Salt and black pepper, as needed.
Instructions For Succulent Seared Scallops Recipe in a Citrus Sauce
- Grate a teaspoon of orange zest, and then juice all the oranges and the tangerines into a bowl.
- Sprinkle the sugar in a skillet and cook it over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until it turns dark amber.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in the coriander, vinegar, citrus juices, and zest.
- Return the skillet to a medium heat and boil the mixture for 8 minutes or until thick.
- Remove it from the heat and whisk in the butter, and then keep it warm.
- Remove the tough foot muscles from the scallops.
- Season the scallops on 1 side with salt and black pepper.
- Heat the oil in a big cast-iron skillet over a medium heat.
- Add the scallops seasoned-side down and sear for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Flip them over and cook for 2 minutes or until golden on the other side too.
- Divide the scallops between 4 serving bowls.
- Drizzle them with the citrus sauce and sprinkle the chives on top.
These lovely scallops are great to serve as an appetizer because they please the palate without being too filling or rich. The delicate sauce has a really good flavor – a nice combination of sweet and tart.
Scallops are not hard to cook although many home cooks avoid them because they are unsure exactly how to cook scallops for a perfect result. It could not be easier. Once your oil is hot, add the scallops and cook them on one side until golden brown, then flip them over and do the other side the same way. They only take a few minutes.