Pan-seared Scallops with White Wine and Lemon

My dear friend Huei has a few upgrade in life recently, including moving into a new apartment and a brand new car to swish around Leeds in style :) In order to help her celebrate her new pad, I'm preparing a simple recipe with an old favourite of hers, scallops!

I'll admit that the Scallop with Celery Root Puree might just require a tad too much work on the first night in a shiny new place. So here's another scallop recipe that's much easier to start off without breaking a sweat! What I like most about this recipe is that the white wine is readily there to be enjoyed after cooking :)

Ingredients
  • 4 large scallops
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter, softened
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ lemon wedge
  • A handful of wild rockets (arugula)
  • Sea salt and freshly grind black pepper
Adapted from Culinary Studio

Directions
  1. Pat the scallops dry with paper towel and season with a pinch of salt and freshly grind black pepper
  2. Heat up a non-stick pan (or cast iron skillet) with olive oil until smoking hot. You can literally see smoke waving up from the pan, bottom line the pan has to be extremely hot for the perfect sear
  3. Place all 4 scallops in the pan undisturbed for 2½ minutes. Make sure they are far apart or the scallops will steam and not sear
  4. Baste the scallops with butter without lifting or moving it. No peeking! Don't worry it won't char so easily!
  5. After a good undisturbed sear, flip it around and sear the top for another 1½ minutes. Baste it again with butter
  6. Once it's perfectly browned, lift it from the pan and set aside
  7. Using back the same pan, add chopped garlic and saute lightly
  8. Add white wine, a squeeze of lemon juice and wild rockets
  9. Give it a good stir until rockets are slightly wilted
  10. Bring rockets to a plate and pour the remaining sauce over it
  11. Place scallops on top and serve with remaining white wine :)

I've also found a couple of easy scallop recipes from Wiffy and Shirley that doesn't require your attention on the stove, just stuff 'em in the oven instead :) Have fun cooking and happy moving in! I'll visit soon! Peggy would most probably beat me to it though :)

31 comments:

  1. Looks so easy to make. I'm gonna try it out this week.

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  2. yummm! this look like an entree from a fine dining restaurant! what a great way to celebrate your new pad :)

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  3. This looks soo good!! Your plate is gorgeous and by its ingredients I can tell it's a wonder!

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  4. Wow, you managed to sear it so beautifully! *thumb up*

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  5. Oh man--I know what I want to eat this weekend!

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  6. my usual comment - looks absolutely AWESOMEEE. i want. now please!! and thank you! :)

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  7. Your seared scallops look perfect! This is one of my favorite foods. Wish this were my dinner tonight.

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  8. Hello Min! Heehee I already put this recipe in my folder. My husband likes scallops so we'll try when we get good scallops! Thank you!

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  9. Scallops are the best! They taste similar to crab meat, but somehow manage to taste even better :) Topping it with garlic and olive oil sounds delicious!

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  10. Love love scallops! Definitely going to try this recipe!

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  11. Beautifully seared scallops! I used to sear them too but facing that messy pan to wash, I have turned to the oven-method. But the caramelized can't be as perfect as pan-seared scallops, for sure!

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  12. You have definitely done a perfect sear coz it's so easy to overcook scallop and it becomes chewy. Great sear colour as well! :)

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  13. Thanks for suggesting such a lovely recipe. I shall definitely make it for Huei soon...
    Keep the good recipes coming..

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  14. I have never cooked scallops myself, don't know where to buy them here;). But I do enjoy eating scallops, especially pan-seared like yours! Delicious!

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  15. How beautiful! Your photos make me wish I wasn't allergic to shellfish!

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  16. beautiful presentation looks wonderful

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  17. looove scallops but have never tried to make them myself. may have to try these though!

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  18. Simple and delicious! Now I want some scallops!

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  19. I love scallops too! Thanks for sharing this lovely and easy recipe :)

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  20. What a classy dish to celebrate with :) I love scallops and this looks delicious! PS: I have a fun giveaway going on right now...stop by and check it out!

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  21. Aren't these scallops lovely? I've kiv this recipe for my next cooking :)

    Min, I've tag u in an Easter Game @ 5 Recipes To Celebrate Easter!! Pls come & join in the party :) Happy Easter!

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  22. Love scallops! Your friend is so lucky to have you cook for her too :)

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  23. Wow can I just eat the whole thing right now? I haven't had scallops in a long time but I adore them. These look divine!

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  24. I love that it doesn't require much ingredients. And it looks delicious. I can't wait to give this a try.

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  25. my version is really no-pride compared to yours hehe... I love the intense browning of your scallops which are beautiful and flavourful. You're making me hungry :)

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  26. Hi Wiffy, not at all! I adore yours just as much and oven-method are the best to not need to look over the stove, unlike pan-searing ;)

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  27. Exquisite! This dish is looking great and tastes heavenly! You should all try it, at least once.

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  28. The best sauce ever!!!! At a local restaurant I enjoyed some lobster fritters served with a delicious lemon sauce that I have never been able to duplicate. THIS IS IT!!! I purchased some large scallops and took them home to pan sear. I first rolled them in Panko crumbs, nothing else. Then seared them in butter and olive oil (a favorite). Meanwhile I made this lemon sauce recipe. I strained the recipe on the plates and placed the pan seared scallops atop the lemon sauce. This is a winner!

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  29. Scallops is one of my most favorite dish! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  30. Delicious they look. I want to order my pan and wine!

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