Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Seared Scallops with Warm Corn Salad

This is another one of Chrissy Teigen's yummy recipes from her Cookbook, Cravings.  So far, every recipe I've made of hers has been really good.  This one for seared scallops, I'm in love with.  I've made them several times because it's so quick, easy, healthy and delicious.  I've made these with fresh and frozen (thawed) scallops.  I like the convenience of having scallops in the freezer but fresh is best.  Just make sure the scallops smell sweet and good.

Warm Corn salad:

2 Tablespoons butter
2 cups fresh corn kernels (approximately 3 ears of corn)*see note
1/2 cup red pepper, diced
1-2 green onion (scallion), thinly sliced
salt and pepper

In a large heavy skillet, heat the butter over medium heat.  When it foams, add the corn, bell pepper and green onion.  Saute, tossing lightly  about 5 minutes. Season to taste with the salt and black pepper.  While the corn sautes, sear the scallops and they'll be done at the same time.

8-10 large scallops (fresh is best but thaw if frozen) **see note
1 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Tablespoon butter
salt and pepper
Rinse then Pat the scallops dry with paper towels.    Don't salt and pepper just yet, it makes the tops wet.   This is a pretty important step. You want the scallops to caramelize, not steam.
Heat a medium skillet (NOT nonstick) over medium-high heat.  You want it hot, but not smoking hot.  Add 1 tablespoon of the oil then add 1/2 tablespoon of the butter.  Swirl in the pan.  Sprinkle half of the patted dry scallops with salt and pepper.  Add them to the skillet seasoned side down.  DO NOT TOUCH OR MOVE THEM.  Cook for 2 minutes to form a caramelized crust.  Pat the tops with paper towel, salt and pepper and flip.  Cook another 1-2 minutes
Serve with the warm corn salad.

Serves 2

*With it being corn season, I'll buy a dozen at the farmers market, cut the corn off the cob and freeze it.  Great to use for recipes like this.

**Fresh scallops are better if you can get them but I really like having a bag of frozen scallops (from Costco or Trader Joe's) for a quick lunch or dinner.

Adapted from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

Easy to half the recipe and make for one.

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