This simple scallop dish makes for an easy, yet elegant, weeknight dinner. If you don't have shallots on hand, substitute the white portion of a green onion for a similar flavor. Serve scallops on top of either pasta or mixed greens for quick, healthy meal.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons butter
3 tablespoons minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Lemon wedges (optional)
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle sea scallops with salt and pepper. Add scallops to pan, and sauté 2 minutes on each side. Remove scallops from pan, and keep warm.
Melt butter in pan. Add shallots and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add wine and juice; cook 1 minute. Return scallops to pan; toss to coat. Remove from heat; sprinkle with parsley. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.
Meh... This was okay, but didn't really blow me away. The best part was the scallops themselves, which I would NOT recommend cooking at 2 minutes per side. Seared sea scallops require that the scallop be thoroughly dried with a paper towel first and then dropped into a screaming hot pan (preferably cast-iron) for about a minute, maybe 90 seconds, per side. You basically just want to get the crust on the scallop to the point where it releases from the pan. It takes very little overcooking to turn a tender scallop into rubber. The sauce here added very little IMO and as there are many, many recipes for simple seared sea scallops, I won't be revisiting this one.
Super simple, delish and healthy. I made exactly as directed though I added capers at the end with the wine, just because I had them on hand. As other reviewers noted, the KEY is getting the scallops good and dry, and the pan nice and hot. Fast and yummy!
These were ok, but did not wow me. Admittedly, I used a Chinese rice wine instead of a dry white - so maybe I ruined the recipe with that. But... That aside, I felt there were too many shallots, not enough butter, and something was just lacking. My guests liked them though!