Makes 4 servings (serving size: 4 scallops and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)
Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Molly Fitzsimons/Big Leo Productions
16 large sea scallops (about 1 3/4 pounds)
1 sliced green onion (white and green sections reserved separately)
2 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
3 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon canola oil
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
Remove scallops from the refrigerator, and bring them to room temperature (about 10 minutes). In a small mixing bowl, add the white onion pieces and the next 7 ingredients (through crushed red pepper); stir with a whisk to combine, and set aside.
Warm the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the scallops; sprinkle scallops with the black pepper. Cook scallops about 3 minutes on 1 side until golden brown. Using tongs, flip the scallops and cook 2-3 more minutes or until browned. Transfer scallops to a plate, and cover with foil. Keep the skillet on the heat.
Whisk the sauce again, and add it to the pan. Cook until the sauce boils and thickens slightly (about 45 seconds); then remove the pan from heat. Divide scallops among 4 plates, drizzle some of the hot sesame sauce over each portion, and garnish with a sprinkle of green onion pieces.
Look for sesame oil in the ethnic-ingredients section of your supermarket.
My husband and I thought this was a little too sweet. I did double the sauce as others suggested. Next time, I won't double the sugar and I might add some chopped fresh ginger. Overall, this was a keeper. The sauce could be used for most any protein.
I absolutely loved this. Made double the sauce and made the scallops for me and chicken for the kids. This will go in the normal rotation at our house. Outstanding sauce and very versatile with both the chicken and the scallops.
This is a huge favorite with family and friends and I have been making it for a few years now, regularly. It's fast, easy, looks great, and is Delicious! We like spicy food, so I triple the amount of crushed red pepper, and I always make it with a side of sauteed sugar snap peas and brown rice. I double the sauce so as to have enough to drizzle over the sides. I'm careful with the cooking time of the scallops, and often cook some a little less, especially if they are smaller.
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