Whip up these perfect seared scallops for dinner! They're surprisingly easy and oh so delicious with two yummy homemade pan sauces to choose from!
Course Main Course
Keyword Perfect Seared Scallops
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 6minutes
Total Time 16minutes
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons
3-4large fresh sea scallops
4ozimitation crab or your favorite fresh crab meat
2TBSPpanko bread crumbs
salt and pepperto taste
Simply mix mayo, vegan mayo, or plain yogurt with a few drops sriracha chili sauce. Taste as you go to get your perfect level of heat -- I like mine a little fiery!
First make your sriracha sauce and set aside.
Next shred your crab or imitation crab to make the base of your salad.
Top with your spicy "dressing" and chopped green onions.
Then it's time for the scallops! <3 They'll cook FAST, making this a quick and easy appetizer, lunch, dinner or side dish!
Pat scallops dry, season with a little salt and pepper and set aside.
Heat a stainless steel pan/skillet with a few tablespoons of oil and wait for it to get hot before adding your scallops.
If you're cooking more than just a few at a time, grab a larger pan and more oil, so you can space them out and give them room to sizzle!
Once your pan is ready, add the scallops and sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and opaque in the middle. Overcooking will be your worst enemy here so keep an eye on them -- the second side will most likely cook a teeny bit faster than the first so check it after a minute or so.
If you want to simply cook plain scallops with a buttery wine sauce then check out this recipe. Paul likes it that way but I don't (the butter sauce is too rich for me) -- I prefer them with sriracha sauce!
Top your crab salad with the freshly seared scallops, sprinkle with some panko breadcrumbs [I love the crunch they give to the dish!] and dig in!
If you're making this for two, simply pick up a few extra scallops and double the recipe. It's easily customized to serve a pair or an entire family!High quality scallops will make all the difference in this dish. Skip the freezer aisle and seek out a reputable seafood source in your area. Sometimes that will be a local seafood market or even a go-to grocery store with great service and seafood.Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on addition/amount of spicy mayo and enjoy!