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Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Leigh Ann Ross

Caramelized Scallops

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.

Cooking Light JUNE 2009

  • Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 3 scallops)
  • Prep time:20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 large sea scallops (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • 2 lime wedges

Preparation

1. Combine 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon water, fish sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small bowl.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 185
  • Fat: 1.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 29.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 13.2g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 56mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 844mg
  • Calcium: 44mg
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