Quick and delicious!
An appetizing presentation!
I always thought that scallops was a food that I could only enjoy at a seafood or high-end restaurant. I recently found a simple recipe that is simply delicious. By following the recipe below you too can make delicious scallops just like you get in a restaurant and actually I think they are better then most I have had in a restaurant.
I get my scallops at a local grocery store. I always buy one pound of sea scallops. These are the large scallops rather then the small bay scallops. First, you rinse the scallops under cold water in a collander. Once rinsed make sure the scallops are dried thoroughly by patting them with a paper towel. Salt and pepper both sides of the scallops to taste. Once one side of each scallop is seasoned turn them over with a pair of tongs and season the other side.
Use a 10" saute pan to cook 1 pound of sea scallops. I use the Pampered Chef executive non-stick 10" saute pan. Cooks them perfectly every time. You can find this pan on my website www.pamperedchef.biz/lanajoanskitchen.
Scallops starting to cook!
Heat the pan on high letting the pan get very hot. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan. Make sure to coat the entire pan and when the oil gets really hot add the scallops with a pair of tongs to the pan one at a time. Cooking time is quick. Only leave them on one side for 2 to 3 minutes. Then flip the scallops over to the other side and you will notice a nice browning of the scallop. Let them cook for another 2 to 3 minutes and then remove them from the pan, drizzle with a little bit of lemon, and let them sit on a plate for another 4 minutes. They will continue to cook while sitting on the plate.
Picture of Perfectly Cooked Sea Scallops
Once the scallops are ready to eat I pair them with rice pilaf and asparagus. What a wonderful meal. Give it a try!
Looking for a nice wine to serve with Scallops?
I love the way different wines enhance the flavor of food. White wine would definitely be the more popular wine and there are many to choose from:
- Sauvignon Blanc (not too heavily oaked)
- Pinot Gris
- White Bordeaux
You might also try a Chardonnay however there are mixed reviews on this! If you must have a red wine with your meal I would go with a Pinot Noir.
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