Thursday, February 14, 2013

Seared Scallops Salad in a Tropical Sauce (serves 2)

scallop salad
I have made this dish a few times and have served it to some of my guests.  Everyone who has eaten it seemed to enjoy it.  Usually I don't add the fruit/vegetable garnish but since I have some from cooking in the last 24 hours I decided to add it.  The colors add a nice visual presentation to this dish.

Seared Sea Scallops


8 large sea scallops, washed, tough muscles removed, patted dry with paper towels
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and white pepper


1) Heat a small pan with olive oil and butter over high heat.
2) Sprinkle a small amount of salt and pepper on both sides of each scallop.
3) Once the pan is hot add the scallops and sear each side for about 2 minutes or until they are golden.
4) Remove the scallops and place them on paper towels to drain off the oil.

Tropical Sauce


1 1/2 Tbsp coconut milk
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp soy sauce (or to your taste)
1/4 tsp sugar (or to your taste)


1) Heat a small pan over medium high heat.
2) Add coconut milk, butter, soy sauce and sugar.
3) Stir until butter is dissolved and everything is mixed well (about 1 minute).
4) Use immediately.



1 tsp chopped mango
1 tsp chopped pineapple
1 tsp chopped star fruit
1 tsp chopped red onion
1 tsp chopped tomato
A little squeeze of lemon juice


Mix all ingredients together until well blended.

Plating the Food

Put some baby mixed greens on a plate.  Add the heart of palm, scallops, and the garnish.  Drizzle with the tropical sauce on top.  Add some lime zest on top and serve.

*If you are going to eat raw seafood:  Eat only what is very fresh, eat sea life that have been caught in clean water and always buy from a reliable source.  If you do not catch your own seafood I highly recommend that you get to know your local fishermen and fish mongers.  
*F/V (fishing vessel) Rimrack is a family owned fishing business located in beautiful Rye Harbor, NH. Thank you Rimrack for the amazingly fresh and tasty sea life!!  Please support and buy from your local fishermen.  If you are interested in buying from F/V Rimrack please visit their website:  Rimrack staff is very friendly and helpful and they will happily assist you. They can also be found on Facebook.

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