Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup orzo, 3 scallops, and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)
Photo: Johnny Autry and Randy Mayor
3/4 cup uncooked orzo
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives divided
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3/8 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cubed
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
How to Make It
Prepare orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Return to pan; stir in 1 tablespoon parsley, 1 tablespoon chives, olive oil, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Keep warm.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; coat scallops with cooking spray. Add scallops to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan; keep warm.
Combine wine, shallots, and vinegar in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until liquid reduces to 1 tablespoon. Reduce heat to low. Add butter cubes, 1 at a time, whisking after each addition until butter is fully incorporated. Stir in 1 tablespoon parsley, 1 tablespoon chives, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Serve scallops with sauce and orzo.
A few years ago a CL poster recommended a great way to dry large scallops after you've rinsed them -- pat them with toweling, put them on a plate (no paper towels) and put them in the fridge, uncovered, for at least 20min, the fridge dries them. I've used this tip with great success ever since. Made these to recipe. Reduced the wine, vinegar, shallots in advance so the sauce could be finished while the scallops cooked. Served with the recommended roasted beans & shallots and the rest of the white wine. Very good but could have used some color on the plate.
My husband loves scallops so I was looking for a good recipe to try. These came out perfect! I use a little over 1.5 lbs of scallops, more like 1.85 and still had enough sauce. The orzo was a great accompaniment, too. I only wish scallops weren't so expensive, or I would make them all the time.