This makes a delightful appetizer and if you can get scallop shells, that makes a great presentation for this mouthwatering seafood dish. The scallops are cooked over the grill which adds a smoky aroma to their natural flavor, and they are served on some homemade salsa, which features tomatoes, chili, green onion and other flavors. It is always worth making your own salsa when a recipe requires it, because it offers a wonderful freshness and you can make it exactly how you like, adding as much or as little chili, and also adjusting the amount of lime and other seasonings to get the perfect finish.
Perhaps you wish to serve wine with this recipe, in which case the toasty flavors of a California Chardonnay would work out well with the sweet and smoky scallops, and also counteract any acid taste in the salsa.
If you cannot get scallop shells, then you should still make this fantastic dish because it tastes so nice. Bear in mind the salsa will be chilled or at room temperature and the scallops will be hot. Since the salsa is going to start cooling the scallops down as soon as you put them together, serve this immediately so the seafood is still warm.
- 12 large sea scallops
- Olive oil, as needed
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 3 deseeded, finely chopped fresh tomatoes
- 1 finely chopped chili pepper
- 3 finely chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
- Fresh lime juice, to taste
- Salt, to taste
- Prepare the grill for a medium-high heat.
- Combine the salsa ingredients.
- Drizzle the scallops with some olive oil and season them with salt and black pepper.
- Grill them, turning once, for 3 minutes per side or until they are nicely charred and just cooked through.
- Divide the salsa between 12 scallop shells (or small plates) and top with the hot scallops.
- Serve immediately.
The first thing you notice in this shot is perhaps the stunning scallop shells, but all is not lost if you are unable to get these! You can just use small plates instead. Perhaps you can find some shell-shaped serving plates. They are nice to serve shell-shaped chocolates, but also fantastic for presenting small portions of seafood. If you know anyone who is keen on scuba diving, it is worth asking them to keep an eye out for flat shells, so you can use them for such recipes. This makes a charming appetizer and you can serve three or four to each person.
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