Monday, February 28, 2011

Seared Scallops with Lime Cilantro Butter

Today was a lazy day. It has been 60 degrees and sunny here in SoCal, but to us here, that is FREEZING. It is definately the coldest month I have experienced here in Cali. When it is chilly, I am less active. I did really good this week exercising and starting all back up, I just want to get my body back in the ocean. I am ready for our normal 80 degrees and sunny again. Since I am lazy today I am going to make an easier dinner. Some people think scallops are a hard dish to make. They are pretty easy and quick. Tonight it is Seared Scallops with Lime and Cilantro Butter

2 tablespoons cooking olive oil
1 pound sea scallops
Juice of one lime
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Handful of cilantro (leaves only), coarsely chopped
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Arrange the scallops on a plate, and season them with salt and fresh pepper.
Put an empty glass casserole dish into the oven and set the temperature at 200° F which is warm enough to keep food warm but not cook it further.
In a large fry or sauté pan, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil, and let the pan get hot although not smoking.
Add about eight scallops to the pan, leaving a fair amount of room between each as they cook. Cook them for approximately two and a half minutes per side, or until a nice golden color.
Put the first batch of scallops in the empty casserole dish to be kept warm in the oven.
Add the second tablespoon of oil to the pan, and repeat the process with the second batch of scallops.
Once all the scallops are in the oven, do a quick wipe of the pan, not cleaning it, just clearing the surface a bit. Add the butter and melt it.
Add the lime juice and cilantro to the melted butter and let it simmer for about 30 seconds.
Return the scallops to the pan, and toss them so they’re coated in the lime/cilantro butter.
Serve immediately.
I served mine over the cilantro lime rice.