Makes: 4 servings
Time: 30 minutes
One of my all-time favorite recipes. Even though it’s super-easy to split and fill scallops, the results are guaranteed to impress.
Other seafood you can use: shrimp (split lengthwise for stuffing); monkfish cut crosswise into thick medallions. Recipe from How to Cook Everything.
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
About 11/2 pounds large sea scallops
Lemon wedges for serving
1. Mince the basil, garlic, salt, and pepper together until very fine, almost a purée (a food processor won’t really help you much here). Mix in a small bowl or cup with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
2. Make a deep horizontal slit in the side of each scallop, but don’t cut all the way through. Fill each scallop with about 1/2 teaspoon of the basil mixture; close. Pour the remaining oil onto a plate or pan and turn the scallops in it. Let them sit while you heat a charcoal or gas grill or the broiler until very hot and put the rack about 4 inches from the heat source.
3. Put the scallops on the grill or under the broiler (don’t pour the remaining oil over them, as it will catch fire), and grill or broil for 2 to 3 minutes per side, no more. Serve immediately, with lemon wedges.
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