Seared Sea Scallops over Pesto Sauce
Recipe type: Seafood Appetizer
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Serves: 3 to 4
Sea scallops are pan seared easily with olive oil, lemon juice and soy sauce and served over a layer of basil pesto sauce, adding velvety and savory flavors to the scallops. Super easy, delicious and ready in less than 15 minutes!
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¾ pound sea scallops, (if large, about 8 to 9 )
  • 3 to 4 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. toasted sesame ginger seasonings ( I used Victoria Taylors Seasonings)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. homemade basil pesto sauce, heated through
  • fresh cracked pepper (optional)
  1. In a non-stick skillet or frying pan, heat olive oil over moderately high heat until very hot.
  2. Season the scallops with toasted sesame ginger seasonings (or with salt and pepper).
  3. Add the scallops to the pan and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, until the bottoms get browned.
  4. Drizzle on top with soy sauce. Then add butter to the scallops.
  5. Turn and cook until browned on the other side, about 2 minutes. Add lemon juice on top while cooking. Turn again to cook for about another minute or so. About 3 minutes per side.
  6. Arrange dinner plates with a tablespoon of warm basil pesto sauce in the center of each plate.
  7. Lay 3 or 4 scallops on each plate. Optional: Add fresh cracked pepper on top.
  8. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.
  9. Serves 3 to 4 ( with 3 or 4 scallops per serving)
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