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Chilled Local Scallops with Smooth Carrot Vinaigrette

by in Oct 2006
Chilled Local Scallops with Smooth Carrot Vinaigrette
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Total Time: 15

Yield: 4 servings

This dish can be made with one or both types of scallops.

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  • 1 dozen bay scallops, in shells, if possible
  • 4 large sea scallops, side muscles removed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, including zest and juice


Heat oven to 450°. Lay bay scallops, in their shells, in a shallow baking pan and roast about 5 to 8 minutes, until scallops become opaque and shells have opened. Remove scallops from oven and transfer to a plate. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Cut each scallop away from its top and bottom shell and trim all material away from the fleshy white muscle. Place scallops in a small dish, then pour pan juices over the top. Chill, refrigerating the shells as well.

In a shallow bowl, toss sea scallops with oil to lightly coat, then season with salt and pepper. In a medium skillet with a heatproof handle over medium-high heat, cook scallops about 2 minutes on each side, or until browned; do not move them. Remove skillet from stovetop and place in oven about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Place carrots in a small saucepan with a lid. Fill with just enough water to meet the top of the carrots. Add ginger. Cover and bring to a simmer until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Pour into a bowl and let cool. Once cooled, strain liquid and reserve. To make vinaigrette, place carrots in a blender with vinegar and about half of the reserved liquid; puree until smooth. Add more liquid if needed and season with salt to taste. Chill.

To serve, toss scallops with cilantro, scallion, and lime. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the carrot vinaigrette onto a scallop shell. Place a sea scallop in the center and arrange bay scallops around the edge.

Updated Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

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