Seared Scallops with Spring Herbs & Greens Butter /Israeli Shug Butter

March 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Sea scallops are labeled two ways, wet and dry. Dry sea scallops have not been treated with the solution STP (sodium tripolyphosphate) which is added to make the scallops retain a high moisture content and ultimately helps commercial seafood counters get a longer shelf life than should be recommended. It also makes the scallops weigh more and whrn paying a hefty price by the pound this can be significant in the price you pay. The dry scallops brown sear much better than the wet, their sweet and delicate flavor is more predominanat and they tend not to have the rubberty texture of the treated wet ones. So keep you eyes peeled and ask if the sign isn’t clear!

Serves 5

Ingredients


5 large dry sea scallops
Salt
Citrus chili pepper*
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Spring Herbs & Greens Butter*
2 tablespoons Israeli Schug Butter*
2 tablespoons white wine

Directions

Rinse the scallops and pat them dry.  Place the scallops on a plate and sprinkle generously with salt and lemon chili pepper.  Let stand at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes.  Heat the olive oil on high heat until hot.  Place the scallops in a pan, making sure there is room between all of them.  The scallops should sear on the first side about 1.5-2 minutes. Using a pair of tings make sure the bottom is seared and then flip over.  The opposite side should only need to cook about 1 minute.  Remove the scallops from the hot pan and let sit a second before serving, this will allow them to finish cooking.  Reduce the heat to a medium.  In the hot pan add two tablespoons of the butter of choice and stir well with a spatula, removing the bits from the bottom of the pan.  Add the wine and cook about 1 minute maximum or until there is a thick butter sauce left.  Pour over the scallops and serve!


Spring Herbs & Greens Butter

Makes 1 – 1 ½ cups butter

Ingredients

1 stick butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh dandelion greens, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh spinach, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Israeli Schug Butter

Makes 1 -1 ½ cup butter

Ingredients

Pinch of coriander seeds, cracked
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns, cracked
1 cardamom pod, cracked
½  teaspoon cumin seeds
Pinch of caraway seeds
1 stick of butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
4 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped super fine
1 green chili, chopped superfine
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice


Directions

Toast all the spices in a small thin bottomed pan on high heat for a about 45 seconds or until they start to crackle and pop, make sure you are moving the pan constantly during this process.  In a small mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify

Dry Seared Sea Scallops with Spiced Browned Plum Butter

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Sea scallops are labeled two ways, wet and dry. Dry sea scallops have not been treated with the solution STP (sodium tripolyphosphate) which is added to make the scallops retain a high moisture content and ultimately helps commercial seafood counters get a longer shelf life than should be recommended. It also makes the scallops weigh more and whrn paying a hefty price by the pound this can be significant in the price you pay. The dry scallops brown sear much better than the wet, their sweet and delicate flavor is more predominanat and they tend not to have the rubberty texture of the treated wet ones. So keep you eyes peeled and ask if the sign isn’t clear!

Ingredients

12 dry sea scallops
2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
1 teaspoon pink flake salt
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons Spiced Plum Butter (recipe follows)
¼ cup sweet saki

Directions

Rinse and clean the scallops and pat dry with a paper towel. In a small bowl mix together the five spice, salt and sugar until well combined. Sprinkle a little bit of the mixture on both sides of the scallop. In a large sauté pan place a few tablespoons of the spiced plum butter and bring to a medium high heat. When the pan is hot and the butter beginning to brown or turn an amber color and bubble add the scallops faced down on one side and let sear for about 3 minutes, basting with the butter and without moving or turning. Reducing heat as needed to avoid burning the butter. Flip over and sear the other side and again allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes until seared and cooked through tender. Add the sake and move the pan making sure to deglaze the pan and that the scallops are not stuck to the pan. Serve with a small spoon full of sauce on the scallops.

Thai Coconut Scallop Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds of Nantucket Bay Scallops
2 teaspoons salt
Juice and zest of 3 limes
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass bulb, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 or 2 red thai chilis, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thai basil, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Chopped peanut for garnish (optional)

Directions

Place the scallops in a bowl and season with salt. In another mixing bowl mix the lime juice, coconut milk, hoisin and all the garlic, ginger lemon grass and sugar until well mixed. Add the thai chilis, bell pepper and mix well. Marinate refrigerated about 30-45 minutes. Take out or the refrigerator and add the fresh herbs, let stand for 10 minutes and serve garnished with peanuts!

Sauteed Scallops with Summer Succotash

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup green beans (cut into diamonds)
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup diced zucchini
3 cloves garlic, smashed
4 large scallops
Sherry vinegar
Frantoia extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup chopped tarragon
¼ cup chopped basil
Maldon sea salt, to taste

PREPARATION

In separate pans, sauté green beans, corn, and zucchini (each with a smashed clove of garlic).
Put all into a mixing bowl and set aside. Over medium-high heat, sauté scallops until just cooked through.
While scallops are cooking, season vegetables with sherry vinegar and olive oil and finish with the tarragon and basil. Spoon succotash onto plate and place scallops on top. Drizzle with olive oil and finish with sea salt.

© Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Sauteed Scallops with Summer Succotash

Fresh Herb Fennel Crusted Tuna, Scallops & Shrimp Seafood Stew

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 pound tuna roast (ask your butcher for uncut tuna steaks-you need 1 large piece)
1 pound medium or small scallops
1 pound peeled shrimp
Zest and juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup fennel seeds
¼ cup peppercorns
¼ cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 large yellow pepper, chopped
¾ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
3 cups roma tomatoes, chopped
1½ cups white wine
Salt and pepper

Directions

Marinate tuna, scallops and shrimp with lemon juice for about 1 hour. Grind in a grinder or smash lemon zest, fennel seeds, cracked peppercorns, chili and course sea salt until a gritty spice mixture is created. Heat a thick-bottomed stew pan to high heat with a generous portion of olive oil. Rub tuna with spice mixture and brown tuna on all sides. Remove tuna and add garlic, onions and peppers to pan. Sauté until tender or about 3 minutes Add half of fresh herbs, shrimp and scallops. Sauté for just a few minutes. Add wine and stir while removing the bits that stuck to the pan. Reduce heat to low. Add tomatoes. Stir well and add tuna and kalamata olives. Simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tuna as it cooks. Add remainder of the fresh herbs and take of heat and let stand for five minutes before serving. If needed, a bit of water can be added but only if the tomatoes have not given off enough liquid in the middle of the cooking process.

Best served over Israeli couscous.

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