Background and History:
Sautéed Scallops is a delectable seafood dish that has a rich history in many coastal cuisines around the world. Scallops, with their sweet and delicate flavor, have been enjoyed by seafood lovers for centuries, and sautéing them to perfection highlights their natural goodness.
- 1 pound of fresh scallops
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional seasonings: garlic, lemon juice, fresh herbs, or white wine for extra flavor
Time: 10 minutes (prep), 5 minutes (cooking)
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
- Begin by thoroughly patting the scallops dry with paper towels. Excess moisture can prevent them from achieving a beautiful sear.
- Season the scallops with salt and pepper on both sides.
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering.
- Carefully add the seasoned scallops to the skillet, making sure not to overcrowd them. Leave some space between each scallop to allow for proper searing.
- Sauté the scallops for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they develop a golden-brown crust and turn opaque in the center.
- If desired, add optional seasonings such as minced garlic, a splash of lemon juice, fresh herbs, or a small amount of white wine to the pan for added flavor. Sauté for an additional minute.
- Remove the scallops from the skillet, and serve them immediately. They pair wonderfully with rice, pasta, or a fresh salad.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
- Calories: 180
- Protein: 20g
- Fat: 10g
- Carbohydrates: 2g
- Fiber: 0g
- Sugars: 0g
- Achieving a perfect sear on the scallops requires proper drying, high heat, and not overcrowding the pan.
- Sautéed scallops are best enjoyed fresh off the stove as they tend to lose their delicate texture upon reheating.
- Be cautious if you or your guests have allergies to shellfish or any of the optional seasonings.
- Check for potential cross-contamination or substitute ingredients as needed for any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Savor your Sautéed Scallops, a quick and elegant seafood dish that showcases the natural sweetness and tenderness of these delectable mollusks.