Seared Scallops with Romaine


By Alaina Sullivan

When it comes to preparing scallops, less is often more: Salt, pepper and a quick butter sear is all it takes. Allow each side to caramelize for just a few minutes in a hot skillet – any longer and you run the risk of the scallops turning rubbery. Simple garnishes — a kiss of lemon juice and fresh parsley — add the perfect amount of brightness without overpowering the mild flavor of the scallops. Greens make a reliable companion, too. Here, the fresh crunch of romaine brings balance to the scallops’ soft flesh. Grilling the romaine adds even more character to the dish – its smoky flavor is an excellent foil to the sweet, buttery scallops. Recipe from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express.

Seared Scallops with Romaine*

Season scallops with salt and pepper; then sear the scallops for a few minutes in butter, turning once, until just browned on both sides. Drizzle a bunch of romaine lettuce with some olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the scallops with a bit more freshly squeezed lemon juice (some zest is nice here too) and some chopped parsley, and serve over the dressed lettuce with the pan juices.

*For grilled romaine: Cut the romaine hearts in half lengthwise, leaving the core intact,brush with the olive oil and some minced garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill cut-side down until the lettuce begins to brown and get some grill marks, but remains crisp – 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, let it cool, and dress with the freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Posted in Recipes, Seafood


  1. BeerHere2010 said...

    Adding a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or a ‘bright’ light Saison couldn’t ‘hurt’… Na zdravi!

  2. Jimbo said...

    as an East Coaster i feel i have special insight to the scallop given my New England roots. And, I could not agree more . Look delicious! keep up the good work; I am learning to cook (finally ) jimbo

  3. WriterGuy said...

    OMG! I’m going to serve this tomorrow with Melissa Clark’s chilled buttermilk-corn soup (also in today’s NYT). The perfect summer supper!

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