After all the holiday feasting with a big turkey, stuffing, and numerous side dishes, I am craving for my seafood.
As you all know, seafood is my true love. I never tire of eating seafood.
One of my favorite seafood is scallop, I just love the tender texture and the briny sweet taste.
Scallops are extremely expensive if you eat out at the restaurants, so it’s always cheaper to make them at home. Scallops are very easy to prepare. A little salt and black pepper, a little butter or olive oil for pan-searing, and a nice sauce is all you need.
For this creamy garlic scallops recipe, I added whipping cream for the rich and silky flavors. It was so amazingly good I gobbled everything up myself. Serve them with my Parmesan garlic noodles or simple spaghetti and you’ll be in food heaven.
If you want a lighter dish, try my garlic scallops recipe that is equally delicious!
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Creamy Garlic Scallops Recipe
Creamy Garlic Scallops - easiest, creamiest and best scallop recipe ever. Takes only 15 mins, better than restaurants and much cheaper.
- 1 lb jumbo natural scallops
- Ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons white wine or Japanese cooking sake optional
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley leaves
- 1 slice lemon wedges quartered, for garnishing, optional
Rinse the scallops, pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and black pepper.
Heat up a skillet with olive oil and butter. Pan-sear the scallops on both sides until nicely browned, but don't overcook them. Remove and set aside.
On the same skillet, add the garlic and saute. Add a little bit olive oil if you want. Add the cream, water, wine, salt and cayenne pepper. Bring it to a gentle simmer until the sauce thickens a bit. Add the scallops back into the skillet, add the chopped parsley leaves and lemon wedges, turn off heat and serve immediately.
Buy only natural scallops (untreated with water) for this recipe. Natural scallops are creamy in color, opaque, not transparent looking,and slippery when touched. You can get natural scallops at Whole Foods or Costco, or seafood stores.
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