Pan-Seared Scallops with Tomatoes and Pesto

Pan-Seared Scallops with Tomatoes and Pesto Recipe
Randy Mayor; Bob Gager
Entertain on the fly with a quick-cooking and delicious scallop dinner.


4 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 252
Caloriesfromfat 33 %
Fat 9.1 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Monofat 5 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 31.4 g
Carbohydrate 10.4 g
Fiber 1.3 g
Cholesterol 60 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 517 mg
Calcium 133 mg


1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
2 cups grape tomatoes
3 tablespoons commercial pesto
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Pat scallops dry with paper towels; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add scallops to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove scallops from pan; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium. Add rind and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) to pan; bring to a simmer. Add tomatoes; cook 45 seconds, tossing to coat.

Spoon about 2 teaspoons pesto on each of 4 plates. Arrange one-quarter of scallops and about 1/2 cup tomato mixture on each plate. Sprinkle with basil.


For a golden-brown crust on the scallops, don't disturb them while they cook except to turn them over.

November 2004
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