This easy scallops recipe shows you how to pan-fry scallops to perfection, and the recipe also includes a flavorful garlic sauce with Asian flavors like soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Scallops are really simple to cook. You just pan-fry them over a medium heat until they are golden brown underneath, then flip them over and do the same on the other side.
You can keep them warm for a minute or so while you make the sauce. Keep the skillet over a medium flame the whole time, so you can make the sauce in the pan as soon as the scallops are done. Serve this recipe with a basic salad. You might like to toss together a few salad leaves and add some sesame seeds. That would make a nice accompaniment.
Spritz the salad with some spray extra-virgin olive oil and perhaps add a squeeze of lime juice too. If you are serving this as an appetizer then this quantity will be sufficient, but if you are making it in to a complete meal, then give each person six scallops instead of four, and include a sizeable salad or warm vegetable side dish and perhaps introduce some cooked rice or noodles as well.
- 16 large sea scallops
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 teaspoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- ¼ finely diced white onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- A few chopped chives, for garnish
- Salad or vegetables, to serve (your choice)
- Bring the scallops to room temperature.
- Whisk together the onion, garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, red pepper, sesame oil and cornstarch.
- Warm the canola oil in a skillet over a moderate heat.
- Add the scallops and sprinkle them with black pepper.
- Cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown underneath, then flip them using tongs and cook the second side for 2 or 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Transfer them to a plate and cover them with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- Whisk the sauce again, then pour it into the pan, and cook for a minute or until it boils and starts to thicken a bit.
- Divide the scallops between 4 plates, and drizzle some of the sauce over the top.
- Sprinkle the chives over them.
- Serve the rest of the sauce on the side, as well as some salad leaves or cooked vegetables.
This photo shows you how elegant you can make a scallops recipe, and serving an attractive small pie of salad leaves on the plate gives a sophisticated touch. The garlic sesame sauce goes beautifully with scallops and if you were wondering about the easiest way to cook this type of seafood then give this recipe a try. The flavor is sure to wow the whole family and if you want a classy dinner party appetizer this would be ideal for that too. Sea scallops have a melt-in-the-mouth texture and a beautiful, aromatic flavor, and once you have made this recipe once you are sure to want to repeat the experience.
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