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Pan Seared Scallops with a Chili Lime Sauce

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Try this easy and tasty recipe, pan seared scallops with just a hint of Indian spices will turn anyone into a true seafood lover.
  Sea scallops/Diver scallops 12 Large, washed (trimmed)
  Garam masala 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cumin 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon
  Amchur/Tamarind powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon (dried mango)
  Red chili powder 1 Pinch (adjust quantity as per taste)
  Toasted white sesame seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Black sesame seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Vegetable oil/Canola oil 3 Tablespoon
  Unsalted butter 2 Tablespoon
  Shrimp stock/Vegetable stock or chicken stock 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Crushed red pepper flakes 1 Pinch (adjust quantity as per taste)
  Lime juice 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped chives 1 Teaspoon (fresh)
  Chopped cilantro 1 Teaspoon (fresh)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

In a small mixing bowl, combine the spices (garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, red chili powder, amchoor or tamarind powder, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, salt & pepper)to make a spice rub. Mix well to combine.

In a large deep skillet on medium high heat, add the oil and 1 tbsp of the butter. Firmly press one side of the scallop into the spice rub mixture, and then put the same side down into the hot pan. Give the pan a little shake and resist the urge to touch the scallops. After 2-3 minutes, turn the scallops over and let cook for just a minute or so. Remove quickly and transfer to a serving plate.

Lower the heat to medium and add the stock to deglaze the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape off all the little bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Let the liquid reduce until a thick sauce consistency is reached. Reduce the heat and add the remaining butter. Stir and add the crushed red pepper flakes, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour over the scallops, garnish and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
I really love scallops, they are healthy and delicious. Best of all, they are very easy to prepare. Scallops are not very popular in Indian cuisine but this recipe has always been a big hit in my house. If you prefer, this recipe can easily be made using shrimp or fish. Amchoor powder is made from dried green mangoes. It imparts a slightly tart and sweet taste to any dish. It is used mainly in North Indian cuisine and can be found in any Indian store. Feel free to use tamarind powder if amchoor powder is unavailable. If neither are available, that’s fine too.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 333 Calories from Fat 201

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 23 g35.3%

Saturated Fat 5.8 g28.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 58.5 mg19.5%

Sodium 394 mg16.4%

Total Carbohydrates 8 g2.7%

Dietary Fiber 1.5 g6%

Sugars 0.6 g

Protein 24 g48%

Vitamin A 8.9% Vitamin C 12.8%

Calcium 15.1% Iron 10%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Pan Seared Scallops With A Chili Lime Sauce Recipe