Seared Scallops with Sautéed Cucumbers
From EatingWell: September/October 2007
Sweet sea scallops pair beautifully with lightly sauteed cucumbers. Try adding a handful of julienned snow peas to the cucumbers, for extra crunch. Serve simply with crusty bread or a few boiled new potatoes.
- 2 large English cucumbers
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 3 teaspoons butter, divided
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 1/4 pounds large dry sea scallops, (see Tip), tough muscle removed
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill, or flat-leaf parsley for garnish
- Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise, scrape out seeds with a spoon and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Transfer to a colander set over a bowl. Toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt and set aside for 30 minutes to drain.
- Heat 1 teaspoon butter and 2 teaspoons oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the drained cucumbers and cook, stirring, until wilted and beginning to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in sour cream and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl.
- Wipe out the pan. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons butter and 1 teaspoon oil over high heat. Add scallops, season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Gently stir the cucumber mixture into the scallops. Serve garnished with dill (or parsley), if desired.
Tips & Notes
- Tip: Be sure to buy “dry” sea scallops (scallops that have not been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, or STP). Scallops that have been treated with STP (“wet” scallops) have been subjected to a chemical bath and are not only mushy and less flavorful, but also will not brown properly.
Per serving: 225 calories; 9 g fat (4 g sat, 3 g mono); 60 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 1 g fiber; 377 mg sodium; 697 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (46% daily value), Magnesium (25% dv), Potassium (20% dv), Vitamin C (15% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat
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- Type of Dish
- Main dish, fish/seafood
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 1 hour or less
- Main Ingredient
- Preparation/ Technique
- September/October 2007