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Seared Scallops in Mediterranean Broth

Seared Scallops in Mediterranean Broth
Los Angeles Times

The key to a well-cooked scallop--one with a dark golden crust and a melting tender middle--is a very hot pan. Put your skillet on the fire first, then add some oil and sear the scallops for just a couple of ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 Lucques olives or other French green olives, pitted
  • 3 teaspoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12 scallops, if very large slice in half horizontally so they are no more than 1 1/2 inches thick

Step 1Cook the celery, onion and carrot in the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until transparent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and simmer 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and the chicken stock. Add the saffron, orange zest, pepper flakes, salt, olives and capers. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to simmer while preparing the scallops.

Step 2Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. If the scallops are very moist, pat them dry with paper towels. Add to the skillet and sear about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Do not try to move the scallops until they release easily. The scallops should be golden brown on the outside but still tender inside.

Step 3Divide the broth among 4 large shallow soup bowls. Place 3 scallops in the middle of each bowl.


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