Toss seared scallops with a flavorful caramel sauce for a simple, yet elegant, meal that's perfect for date nights. Serve with wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas.
3 1/2 teaspoons sugar, divided
5 teaspoons water, divided
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 large sea scallops (about 12 ounces)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
2 lime wedges
How to Make It
Combine 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon water, fish sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small bowl.
Combine remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons water in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking 2 minutes or until golden (do not stir). Remove from heat; carefully add fish sauce mixture, stirring constantly. Keep warm.
Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle black pepper over scallops; add scallops to pan. Cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Add sauce; toss well. Sprinkle with mint. Serve with lime.
Wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas: Steam 6 ounces sugar snap peas 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; place in bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil to peas; toss well. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds.