Seared Scallops with Mediterranean Herb Butter

Russ Myers

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@Beegee1947

Scallops are prized for their rich, sweet flavor and delicate texture. Two types are available: Sea scallops are harvested by trawling the ocean floor or are hand-picked by divers. Bay scallops, which are smaller and often sweeter than sea scallops, are harvested in bays, closer to shore. This shellfish is typically sold without its shell. Choose dry-packed scallops over wet-packed ones. They should smell sweet and briny (not fishy), with moist, translucent pink-ivory flesh (not white). Scallops are very perishable, so cook them immediately, or refrigerate, wrapped, on ice, for up to 2 days,


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Serves:

4 Servings

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

2 lb
sea scallops (rinsed and patted dry)
2 Tbsp
oil
2 Tbsp
mediterranean herb butter (from specialty cheese shoppe)

(IF MEDITERRANEAN HERB BUTTER IS NOT AVAILABLE AT YOUR STORE YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN) MEDITERRANEAN HERB BUTTER:

fresh oregano
fresh parsley
fresh thyme
fresh sage
fresh marjoram
1 pinch
cayenne pepper
fresh garlic, minced
coarse black pepper
1/2 c
olive oil

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Mediterranean Herb butter (Greek herb butter) is made with fresh herbs and olive oil. You can use fresh oregano, parsley, thyme, sage, and marjoram.

Chop up the fresh herbs and add a pinch of cayenne pepper, minced garlic and a few shakes of coarse black pepper.

Mix together in small bowl.

In a bottle, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of herb mixture and approximately 1/2 cup olive oil.
2
Get your saute pan hot and add 2 Tbsp. oil to pan (oil should begin to smoke).

Place scallops, all flat side down, in hot oil, (don't shake pan, this will allow the scallops to caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes).

Flip scallops over and sear other side, 1 to 2 minutes.
3
Remove pan from heat and stir in 2 Tablespoons Mediterranean Herb Butter. Toss scallops in pan to coat with butter.
4
Note:
Herb butter is also great when poured on a plate and served with a nice loaf of crusty bread for dunking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Mediterranean
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy