While I am not the biggest fan of shellfish (I know, I’m sorry), I really do love scallops. Simple seared scallops are easy for a quick meal that feels fancy.
I really like simple scallops so you can really taste the natural flavor. Scallops can also be paired with almost anything. Since these scallops were fairly simple and mild, I went for a flavorful sauteed parmesan spinach (this bonus recipe is also included after the jump!).
- 1 pound scallops
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- black pepper
- Rinse scallops in cold water and pat dry (make sure they are dry so they sear properly).
- Add butter and olive oil in a sautee pan on high heat.
- Once it begins to smoke, gently add scallops. Make sure they are not touching. Sear the scallops for 1½ minutes on each side. The scallops should have a golden crust on each side and be translucent in the center.
- Serve immediately.
*Note: Make sure the pan is really hot so you won’t overcook your scallops.
- 1-2 bunches of spinach
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- Wash and dry spinach as well as remove the stems.
- Work in batches: heat olive oil in large skillet over high heat. Add garlic and sautee for 1 minute. Add spinach leaves and stir until slightly wilted (about 2 minutes). Add salt and pepper. Stir in parmesan. Remove from heat and continue to mix.
- If spinach releases too much water, you can drain before serving.