Broiled Scallops

Broiled Scallops

Background and History:

Broiled scallops are a culinary delight that highlights the natural sweetness and delicate texture of these shellfish. While the exact origin is unclear, scallops have been enjoyed as a seafood delicacy for centuries. The broiling technique enhances their flavor by giving them a slight char and a smoky finish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh scallops
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serves: 4

Time: 15 minutes (prep), 10 minutes (cooking)

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Instructions:

  • Start by preheating your broiler or grill on high heat.
  • Rinse the scallops under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels. This step is essential for a good sear.
  • In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, and chopped parsley. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  • Thread the scallops onto skewers. If using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for 30 minutes before using to prevent burning.
  • Brush the scallops with the garlic butter mixture, making sure they are evenly coated.
  • Place the skewers on the preheated grill or broiler. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side, or until the scallops turn opaque and develop a beautiful sear.
  • Serve your broiled scallops hot with additional lemon wedges and fresh parsley for garnish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 170
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g

Notes:

  • Scallops cook quickly, so keep a close eye on them to avoid overcooking, as they can become tough.
  • You can add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the garlic butter mixture for a hint of spice.

Allergy Warning:

  • Some individuals may have shellfish allergies, so be cautious when serving scallops to guests.
  • If you have allergies to any of the ingredients, please check for potential cross-contamination or substitute as needed.

Enjoy your homemade Broiled Scallops, a delectable seafood dish that’s perfect for special occasions or a delightful weeknight dinner!

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