This quick-cooking shellfish is versatile enough for a variety of delicious preparations.
All scallops, whether farmed or wild-caught, are great sustainable seafood options. But for the best choice, pick diver-caught
scallops from Mexico.
A screaming-hot skillet and baking sheet yield fantastic seared scallops and quick-roasted tomatoes and veggies. The luxurious sauce is little more than butter emulsified into reduced white wine—keep the butter cold and whisk it in gradually for the creamiest sauce.
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Serve these tender scallops with Roasted Green Beans to round out the meal. For a perfect match to suit the flavors of the recipe, try one of our three strategies for a 10-Minute Wine Pairing.
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Lemony haricots verts provide a crunchy counterpoint to the seared scallops.
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Scallops and bacon create a classic flavor combintation. Watercress offers a refreshing change from spinach and other greens.
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Robust Japanese buckwheat noodles and seared scallops get coated with a marinade that has been reduced to a glaze. Serve with
still-crunchy snow peas or sugar snap peas. You can toss them right in with the noodles.
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Grill scallops and cucumber halves for tasty toppings on this fresh and flavorful salad. You'll love how the sweet watermelon
and mint flavors play off one another.
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This meal is fresh, light, and luscious. A great sear is imperative with this simple recipe, so be sure to pat the scallops
dry before cooking in a super-hot cast-iron skillet.
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Pair sea scallops with a cauliflower and potato puree for an elegant yet weeknight-friendly meal.
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Licorice and citrus notes highlight the sweetness of the scallops. Scallops cook quick, so think of this recipe for a low-maintenance
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Be sure you buy dry-packed scallops. Scallops marked "wet packed" have been treated with a liquid solution containing sodium
tripolyphosphate. The scallops absorb the salty mixture and plump up, resulting in a heavier weight and a higher market price.
But when you cook them, the liquid portion will cook out, leaving you with smaller scallops and higher sodium content.
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Inspired by the famed San Francisco meal-in-a-bowl, this comes together with minimal fuss. Serve it with Parmesan toast. Scallops,
in addition to two other types of seafood, make this warming treat a protein-packed, healthy alternative to creamy, high-fat
soups and stews.
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Fresh scallops taste great with citrusy herbs, like the lemongrass, in this recipe. Try serving this as an appetizer to an
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Scallops cooked in a pan are always in danger of being steamed rather than seared, so be sure to use a big pan and high heat.
A cast-iron skillet is ideal since it gets really hot and can handle high temperatures.
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Serve these quick-cooking scallops over a bed of whole-grain pasta or brown rice for a filling (and impressive) meal.
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Italian for "angry," arrabbiata is a spicy tomato sauce. For true fury, use 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper in this delicious
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Pair this one-dish seared scallops meal with a side of garlic bread. It's perfect for sopping up every last drop of the delicious
sauce. The iron in spinach and protein in the beans and scallops make this a perfect alternative to a red meat meal.
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Perfectly seared sea scallops are finished with a homemade citrus salsa. The star, satsuma oranges, are one of the sweetest citrus varieties with a meltingly tender texture. Look for satsumas with firm, tight peels, with
no hollow-feeling or dented spots; heavier ones are generally juicier.
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Escabèche is a Spanish dish in which cooked seafood is marinated and served cold as an appetizer. Though it's traditionally
made with sardines, escabèche is also good with other seafood, including scallops and shrimp. Marinate for only 30 minutes
to ensure the scallops remain tender. Top with thyme sprigs.
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Seared scallops and spicy paprika syrup make for a light and flavorful combination.
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Risotto must be served immediately so you can best savor its rich creaminess. With this version, there's just enough for two
healthful portions. Complete the meal with a salad, bread, and crisp white wine.
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This dish makes a uniquely delicious first course. Look for matcha—a Japanese green tea powder with a vibrant color and deep,
somewhat bitter, flavor—in Asian grocery stores or gourmet markets. If you can't find it, pulverize regular green tea in a
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Save this recipe for your next date night at home. Serve with wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas.
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Small bay scallops are often sweeter and more tender than larger sea scallops. Bay-scented butter, tinged with a hint of lemon,
flavors the scallops, while panko provides crunchy texture. Serve in scallop shells for a handsome presentation.
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This light pasta dish doesn't lack for flavor thanks to fresh roasted tomatoes and basil. For an extra tang, sprinkle a pinch
of grated lemon rind on top before serving.
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Fresh thyme, lemon, and white wine round out the all-star cast of flavors in this light and luscious recipe.
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