Seared Sea Scallops

I was in the mood for seafood so I went to my local grocery store to see what looked good. I saw huge sea scallops and decided to give them a try. I was looking online for recipe ideas and realized that I bought “wet” scallops instead of “dry” scallops. Scallops are sold either “wet” or “dry.” “Wet” scallops are treated with phosphates, which causes them to absorb water. This extra water makes them heavier and more expensive. ”Dry,” natural scallops that have not been treated with any chemicals. So, learn from my mistake, buy “dry” scallops, if possible. Luckily, I found a simple solution on America’s Test Kitchen. I soaked the scallops in a water/lemon juice/salt brine for 30 minutes to help rinse the phosphates out. I rinsed the scallops then sandwiched them between towels to soak up the excess liquid. I simply seasoned them with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper before searing them in a little butter. They turned out great. My daughter was not a fan of the scallops which surprised me because she loves sushi. My son said they were good until the next day when he told me that he actually didn’t like them. Thankfully, my husband and I both thought they were delicious. I served these scallops with the Caramelized Onion Orzo and the Spinach, Tomato, and Bacon Sauté for a healthy and delicious dinner.

If you can only find “wet” scallops, soak them in a solution of 1 quart cold water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons table salt for 30 minutes. Remove the small side muscle from the scallops. Place a towel (or a few paper towels) down on a large plate. Place the scallops on the towel then cover with an additional towel (or paper towels). Press gently to remove excess water.

Add the butter to a large saute pan on medium-high heat. Season both sides of the scallops with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Once the pan is hot, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other. Sear the scallops for 1 1/2- 2 minutes on each side. The scallops should have a  golden crust on each side while still being translucent in the center. Serve IMMEDIATELY. Enjoy.

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Seared Sea Scallops

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

Brine:

1 quart (4 cups) cold water
1/4 cup of lemon juice
2 tbsp table salt

Scallops:

15 sea scallops
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tbsp butter

Directions:

If you can only find “wet” scallops, soak them in a solution of 1 quart cold water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons table salt for 30 minutes. Remove the small side muscle from the scallops. Place a towel (or a few paper towels) down on a large plate. Place the scallops on the towel then cover with an additional towel (or paper towels). Press gently to remove excess water.

Add the butter to a large saute pan on medium-high heat. Season both sides of the scallops with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Once the pan is hot, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other. Sear the scallops for 1 1/2-2 minutes on each side. The scallops should have a golden crust on each side while still being translucent in the center. Serve IMMEDIATELY. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Brine recipe from America's Test Kitchen