Hello friends! And happy Wednesday!
I don’t know about you, but the new normal is starting to feel…well…normal!
Instead of eating at restaurants, I’ve really been enjoying having my own restaurant in my apartment!
And dare I say, the fruits of my labor have been down right delicious!
Like THIS beautiful creation!
My best friends birthday was the other weekend, and so I made dinner beforehand, and let me just say…it rocked!
I made pan seared scallops with Italian roasted veggies! And let me tell you…WOW.
People are often intimated to make scallops because if you cook them wrong, they become rubbery, and lets be honest…that’s an expensive mistake. But – I have a fail proof method!! So fire up the stove and let’s get cooking!
Oh! And did I mention this dish is gluten free, paleo AND Specific Carb Diet friendly!?
Here’s What You Need: (Serves 2)
1 lb scallops (about 14)
Salt and Pepper
Juice of a lemon
1 cup grape tomatoes
1/2 zucchini, cut into half moons
1/2 onion, small dice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
4 baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp dried basil
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine (Good wine that you would drink!)
salt and pepper
fresh basil (garnish)
Large nonstick skillet
Good chefs knife
Medium nonstick frying pan
Start by making your veggies. (You’ll cover these with foil and set aside for the last 5 minutes so you can focus on cooking the scallops).
Sauté the onions and garlic in 2 Tbsp EVOO, salt and pepper over medium high heat for about 3 minutes until the onions become translucent. The add the zucchini in a single layer. Let them brown on one side for about 3 minutes – then flip and let brown on the other side for another 2 minutes. Next, add your dried basil and remaining veggies and sauté for about 4 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the white wine, and cook for another minute. Take off the heat, sprinkle with fresh basil, and cover with tin foil until you’re ready to serve.
To cook the scallops: you want them to be bone dry. So after you rinse them, put them on a paper towel, and dry them completely with another paper towel. Sprinkle the one side with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. (You’ll season the other side when it’s in the pan.)
Next, you want your pan to be very hot. Add about 2 Tbsp Olive oil or avocado oil to a large nonstick pan. Heat until right before it starts smoking. The starting at the “12 o’clock” position, place your scallops one by one clockwise around the pan, being careful not to crowd the pan. Once they are all placed in, let the sear untouched for 1:45. (Set a timer, it goes fast!)
Then, using tongs, start again at the 12 o’clock position and flip each scallop going clock wise.
Set another timer and let cook for another 1:45. At this time, sprinkle them with salt and pepper and drizzle with the juice of half a lemon.
After a minute and 45 seconds, take them off the pan and put on a plate to rest. (Otherwise they will continue to cook on the pan.)
To plate: place a bed of the Italian veggies, and top with half of the scallops. Squeeze with another half lemon, and sprinkle with fresh basil.
You may also serve this with brown or wild rice, if desired.
Ok WOW! This was outrageous. Simply outrageous! The scallops were *perfectly* executed. They had a crisp golden brown crust on the outside, and melted in your mouth on the inside! Oh my gosh. And the olive oil and lemon were the perfect flavor back drop!
But the veggies really made this dish sing!
The grape tomatoes, when heated, become so magically juicy! They burst in your mouth when you bite down! And the mushrooms are so earthy and chewy! But it was the sweetness from the red pepper and basil that was the perfect flavor match to the slightly sweet scallops.
All in all, it was a 10 out of 10! And a certain gentleman who shared this meal with me agreed…it was doggone delicious!
Make this dish! Your tastebuds will thank you!
Have an awesome evening! And I’ll talk to you tomorrow! 🙂
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62 responses to “Pan Seared Scallops Italiano!”
Yum! I love scallops 😻
Thanks Paula!! Me too! These were terrific! Hugs and love xox
This looks so good 😊
Aw thank you! It was one of the best things I’ve ever made! Hh
Wow, that looks deliciousssss 😋
Thank you Kamina! This was one of my all time favorite meals! Hugs and love xox
I can certainly see why, it looks so good! You will need your own food truck soon so that other can enjoy your cuisines lol hugs and love xox
Hahah you’re too kind!! 🙂
Wow! That looks delicious, I love scallops.
Thank you so much Veronica! Me too! They’re my favorite! Hugs and love xox
I’m going to have to try this. It’s looks great and sounds really easy to make.
Thanks Annie! Oh yes, super easy and super FAST! three minute cooking time?!? Sign me up! Haha Hugs and love xox
The scallops reminded me Gordon Ramsay’s show Hell’s Kitchen. The chef’s always messed up on the scallops 🤣😂 in your opinion, are they easy to make or are they easy to mess up??
I’ve never seen that show! Honestly, I think they’re pretty easy if you have a timer and are focused! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Ooh good to know! No wonder Chef Ramsay yells at them so much for messing them up haha, thank you!
When I lived in PA, I frequently cooked scallops, but not so much since I moved to MI. This reminded me of what I am missing. My favorite of your recipes! Thanks
Thanks so much Madeline! I think it’s time to remedy that and give them a go! 🙂 hehe Hugs and love xox
Thanks so much! Hugs and love xox
I live scallops and I can’t wait to try this recipe!
Thanks Greg! I hope you love it! They’re my favorite! Hugs and love xox
Scallops are awesome U!! I love making this one recipe I have that does use some penne. I love how they taste when they’re done well. You are totally amazing and I send all my love and hugs!! You are the most beautiful and fabulous gal in all NYC!!
Thanks Michael! Oooh that sounds yummy! And oh gosh, friend you are too too kind! Thanks for putting a big smile on my face! Hugs and love xox
I’m looking forward to trying this. It’s scallop season out here on Vancouver Island and we just bought a pound of the beasts!
Thanks so much Drew! Ooh exciting! Enjoy! Hugs and love xox
Mouth watering 🤤
Thanks so much!! Hugs and love xox
Idea: compile your recipes and produce a book or maybe an ebook and offer it.
Oooh that’s really a great idea! Thank you! I will definitely consider that! Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much Ene! Hugs and love xox
Xoxo hugs and kisses
This looks so good that I seriously want to try this. That veggie slaw looks delicious!
Thanks so much Katie!! Oh gosh it was amazing. I hope you do! Hugs and love xox
Thanks for sharing. Sounds … and looks … delicious.
Thanks so much JC! It really was! Hugs and love xox
Looks awesome!! I’m a seafood junkie for sure! 💜✨
Thank you so much! It was!! Me too! Hugs and love xox
Love it! Diver scallops are my fave… Every now and then I do them on my grill – but you gotta be quick! : )
This looks delicious! I’m going to have to try this!
Aw thank you so much! I hope you love it Treyanna! Hugs and love xox
looks great, and I am sure it tasted great!
Thanks so much Jim! Oh it did! Hugs and love xox
I love scallops and am always looking for new recipes, thanks!
Thanks kailea! I hope you enjoy! Hugs and love xox
That dish looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Thanks so much Lisa!! Hugs and love xox
awesome, and well photo’d (my verb)… want to be really daring.. try cooking squid 🙂 you can do this same dish and make it really italian with cuttlefish & squid, I like the combination texture wise, just a challenge to keep in mind.
Thanks so much David! They’re very photogenic! Haha oh gosh adventurous! Hugs and love xox
That looks delicious! I love scallops, but rarely make them!
Thank you Carly! Yes! They are such a treat! Hugs and love xox
WOW, I love scallops, what you made is such a WOW!
thank you so much! aren’t they so yummy!?! hope you’re having a great week! Hugs and love xox
Those look so good.
These look beautifully cooked; so often, people overcook them.
Aw thank you so much! Yes they were superb! Hugs and love xox