A sea-scallop recipe is a popular seafood dish that is simple to cook and serve, but elegant and delicious to eat. Scallops are naturally slightly sweet, and cooking them in a white wine sauce helps bring out their delicate flavors.
Sea Scallop Recipes
Sea scallops in white wine recipes are traditionally pan-seared over high heat on the stovetop. This method is simple and takes almost no time to prepare.
Ingredients for pan-seared sea scallops:
- 1 pound large sea scallops
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 medium shallots, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (sauvignon blanc or chablis)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallops and sear on both sides. Scallops cook quickly, so this step should only take a minute or two per side. Once the scallops are browned, remove them from the skillet and keep warm.
Add the shallots and garlic to the skillet, and deglaze the pan with the white wine. Next, add the cream and stir until the sauce begins to thicken. Return the scallops to the pan, then stir and remove from heat.
Alternatively, you could make a regular white-wine sauce on the stovetop and broil the sea scallops for about two minutes on each side. This method works well if you want to limit the amount of fat that goes into preparing this dish. Just lightly brush olive oil onto the scallops and season with salt and pepper before broiling. Serve them with the wine sauce on top.
How to Serve Scallop Recipes
Sea-scallop recipes are elegant served on their own, making them an ideal dish for company. If you’re serving the scallops as an appetizer, serve them on small plates and spoon the sauce attractively around them. As a main course, sea scallop recipes pair well with basmati rice or can even be served over pasta.