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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.

Asian Pan-Seared Scallops
Summary: Sea scallops are given an oriental makeover here. They are teamed with garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and more, to offer an aromatic Asian flavor which really complements their flavor.
Cuisine: Asian
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 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)
  1. Bring the scallops to room temperature.
  2. Whisk together the onion, garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, red pepper, sesame oil and cornstarch.
  3. Warm the canola oil in a skillet over a moderate heat.
  4. Add the scallops and sprinkle them with black pepper.
  5. 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.
  6. Transfer them to a plate and cover them with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  7. 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.
  8. Divide the scallops between 4 plates, and drizzle some of the sauce over the top.
  9. Sprinkle the chives over them.
  10. Serve the rest of the sauce on the side, as well as some salad leaves or cooked vegetables.

Photo Description:

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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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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