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Seared Scallops with Sautéed Cucumbers

September/October 2007

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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.


Seared Scallops with Sautéed Cucumbers

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Nutrition

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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Easy
Total Time
1 hour or less
Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Shellfish
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Style/Theme
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American
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