Seared Scallops with Pickled Vegetables

Scallops are such a good way to be impressive without being a lot of work.  We have a great seafood place in town so we are lucky to always be able to get high quality scallops, but they are rather pricey. Hence, they usually only make an appearance at our house in the form of an appetizer.  I wanted to do something light, but also wanted something that would contrast well with the sweetness of the scallops.  I love the sweet, rich, almost caramel-ly flavors that scallops really show when they are seared just right, and I thought the acidic pickled flavors in this salad were a good pair.

Seared Scallops with a Pickled Vegetable Salad

Serves 2 appetizer portions

  • 4 large sea scallops, side muscle removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • big handful mixed greens
  • 1/3 cup pickled onions
  • 5 cornichons, halved and sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup roasted red peppers, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon(ish) olive oil

Thoroughly  season scallops on each side with salt and pepper.

Melt butter over medium high heat in a saute pan.  Add scallops and sear on each side for about 3-4 minutes.  Be sure to let them develop a nice brown sear on each side before you flip them.

Remove from pan and let rest at least 5 minutes.

As scallops are resting, assemble salad.  Mix lettuce, pickled onions, cornichons, roasted red peppers, chives, sherry vinegar, and olive oil in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.

Place a small mound of salad on two plates.  Top each salad with 2 scallops.  Serve.

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5 responses to “Seared Scallops with Pickled Vegetables

  1. I like the fact that you also put in pickled onions….Wonderful new idea for when I make my next batch. 🙂

  2. In my house we love scallops and refer to them as “marshmellows of the sea.” Can’t wait to try the pickled vegetables with them.

  3. I love that flavor combo. I really like scallops with cool flavors. And they usually make an appearance as an appetizer at our house too.

  4. Wow, this sounds wonderful. I just found a wonderful source near my house for scallops and I was looking for ideas.

  5. I have never cooked scallops myself…I am frightened to cook them for some reason! This looks delicious though, so perhaps I should give it a try!

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