Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scallops Provencal

Confession:  For a long time, I kind of thought scallops were shallots... I just had them confused, and here they are together in one recipe.  I know, that really shoots my credibility as a food blogger, but I'm learning. :)  All that aside, I was delighted to find out what scallops really are... which is quite delicious!  Such an interesting texture and a more mild "fish" taste compared to other ocean life.  It doesn't need much either-- that's why I thought this was a pretty good recipe, because it didn't require too much fuss.  Quite delicious.

Scallops Provencal  (

1 pound fresh bay or sea scallops
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup chopped shallots (2 large)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 lemon, cut in 1/2

If you're using bay scallops, keep them whole. If you're using sea scallops, cut each 1 in half horizontally. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss with flour, and shake off the excess.
In a very large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over high heat until sizzling and add the scallops in 1 layer. Lower the heat to medium and allow the scallops to brown lightly on 1 side without moving them, then turn and brown lightly on the other side. This should take 3 to 4 minutes, total. Melt the rest of the butter in the pan with the scallops, then add the shallots, garlic, and parsley and saute for 2 more minutes, tossing the seasonings with the scallops. Add the wine, cook for 1 minute, and taste for seasoning. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice.
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Momma Kaye said...

Yummy! I've never had scallops -- fancy do dah! Could I use olive oil instead of butter? Do you have to use wine? Just curious, because I'm eating a lot of fish, and a new recipe would be nice.

Lydia Stewart said...

I'm glad you mentioned that- I just subbed apple juice. I'm sure olive oil would work fine- butter tends to give it a bit more flavor, but you don't have to use it.