These look pretty darn tasty, don’t they? We love scallops. They are creamy, briny, tender and meaty all at the same time. Done right, they are a sweet, simple treat and the real star of almost any meal. They were definitely the star of this meal.
Sorry for the lack of posts this month. We’ve been busy with family and business issues; and, as any food blogger knows, blog posts take a lot of time what with fixing the meal, taking the photos, selecting the photos to use, cropping the photos, trying to figure out what to say in the post and finally putting it all together in a post. In fact, in many instances, the least amount of time spent on the blog is fixing the meal. Given we have been working later than usual, we’ve had several instances where we simply haven’t wanted to cook dinner and deal with the clean-up; so, we have gone out to a few of our favorite restaurants in the area. Other times, it has been so late we simply haven’t had the time to line everything up and photograph the process. Then, there have been times we fix something that is good but simply not blog worthy, like a tasty, simple sandwich that any teenager can fix without instruction. There also have been a few instances where we simply wanted to repeat a prior recipe because we like it. 🙂 Finally, I simply haven’t had a whole lot of time of late to put everything together in a post.
Take this post, for instance. We made this meal 3 nights ago after I found these beautiful scallops at the market on the way home. I was able to post a photo of the meal on the REMCooks Facebook page but it is only today that I have finally been able to catch my breath enough to post about it. This meal is so fast to fix, it is perfect for busy nights when you don’t start cooking until 6:45 pm or so and want to eat by 7:00 pm. It really is that quick. Even with staging, I had this meal ready in 20 minutes (including the sides) and cleanup was a breeze. It’s very simply prepared with simple ingredients and the real star of the show is the delicious, plump, tender scallops. So, when you’re pressed for time, keep this recipe in mind. This is what we did.
- 8 nice, dry packed, sea scallops, roughly 1 lb.
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
First, pat the scallops dry with a paper towel. This allows the scallops to caramelize and develop the nice little brown crust.
Now, season the scallops with salt
and fresh ground pepper
Heat a heavy bottom skillet over high heat. Do NOT use a non-stick skillet. If you use a non-stick skillet you will prevent the caramelization of scallops. Either use cast iron (my preference), stainless steel or stainless steel alloy. When hot, add the oil to the skillet.
Now, add the seasoned scallops to the skillet being sure to give them proper spacing (1-1/2 inch away from other scallops) to keep them from streaming.
Do not disturb them for 1-1/2 minutes. You will see them caramelize on the bottom. After 1-1/2 minutes, the scallops will have sufficiently caramelized so as to release from the pan. So, turn them, again maintaining their spacing.
Cook for another 1-1/2 minutes or until they are almost opaque in the middle. Make sure you do not overcook the scallops. You would rather have them underdone than overdone. If you undercook a scallop, it will still be delicious. If you overcook a scallop, it will get rubbery and not as tasty. Also, remember the residual heat from the pan continues to cook the scallop after you take it off the heat. Once the scallops are almost opaque in the middle remove them to a separate plate until ready to serve, roughly 1-1/2 minute.
Once you remove the scallops. add the butter to the skillet.
Once the butter has melted, add the white wine and deglaze the skillet whisking to scrape up the sucs/fond (little caramelized bits on the bottom of the pan) from the skillet and incorporate them into the sauce. Now, while the scallops have rested, they will have released some of their liquid. Add this to the sauce, as well.
Reduce the sauce to your desired consistency.
Arrange the scallops on a plate
Spoon sauce over the top.
Serve & enjoy!!