Serve these quick-cooking scallops over a bed of whole-grain pasta or brown rice for a filling (and impressive!) meal.
1 1/2 pounds sea scallops (about 12)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 cup vermouth
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons capers
1 (10-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
How to Make It
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and freshly ground pepper over scallops. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add scallops; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned and done. Remove from pan; keep warm.
Reduce heat to medium. Add chopped garlic to pan; cook 10 seconds. Add vermouth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat. Add parsley, fresh lemon juice, butter, and capers, stirring until butter melts. Pour sauce in a bowl.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add spinach; sauté 30 seconds or until spinach almost wilts. Drizzle sauce over scallops; serve with spinach.
Serve on a bed of angel hair pasta, linguine, or brown rice, if desired.
This is a regular at our house. Love the flavors and I cook it exactly as written with the exception that I add more spinach as it wilts down so much and want to keep the spinach/scallop ratio the same. Be sure to dry the scallops before cooking to get a good sear. We use rice instead of pasta, personal preference.
Love it, except that I used an extra garlic, because I love garlic. I have never used vermouth to cook, I wa skeptical but my God best scallop recipe so far! ( I only cooked the spinach and scallops omitted the rice)
This was good. I think next time I will slowly wilt the spinach over low heat, and not use any oil with the spinach, then serve it as a warm spinach salad, as the spinach really compliments the scallops when mixed together. Plus fewer carbs without pasta or rice.
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