Pan Seared Honey Citrus Scallops

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ian has working his butt off at work so I decided to make him a celebratory dinner to show him how proud of him I am. Scallops it is!

Scallops fit into the "fancy" category. This was my first time ever cooking scallops. As usual when I opened up the little brown package I started wondering things like... are they still alive like the clams were??! Do they have brains? I still have not figured out it they are still alive or not BUT they do not have brains or a central nervous system. Good to know. I don't like eating brains or central nervous systems.

I made a marinade that consisted of:
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid aminos (a natural soy sauce alternative)
  • A couple dashes of pepper
I let the scallops marinate in the mixture for a few hours in the fridge. I then pan seared them on the stove until they were cooked all the way through.

Picked some fresh basil from the garden as a "garnish." I know fancy right! ha!

Topped them with basil and Italian bread crumbs. They were delicious!!

Ian is the type of guy who asks our waitress what the best, "biggest portion" meal on the menu is. When he saw these he said, "Aw babe what a great appetizer, what did you make for dinner?" Haha!! Well needless to say I ran off to the grocery store to get more food.

48 comments:

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

What a sweet wife you are!! I can't wait to see the pictures!

Anne said...

That looks delicious Lindsay. Scallops aren't something I cook a lot of. Maybe for a dinner party. I'm not that keen on them. I don't dislike them. Just like a whole lot of other things better. I'd prefer a nice piece of fish over seafood any old time. Men, huh? They're so precious. Can never feed them enough meat. LOL

Can't wait to see the photos. I just checked the link. What gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

Anne xx

sherri lynn said...

What a good wife you are! And so funny that he asked where the rest of dinner was! That's totally something Caleb would say!

I am quite impressed because I would definitely call scallops fancy too. And your presentation is so pretty! Double points :) Super relieved to know they don't have a brain or CNS - you crack me up!

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

Ha, I think of scallops as "fancy" too! I often choose that at a restaurant because I haven't been brave enough to try them at home. Your's look delicious! Might be a good "surf and turf" special dinner. :)

theolivetree said...

haha mt hubsband won't eat at panera bread b/c he says it is chick food and he leaves hungry :)

colleen said...

i looooove scallops. thanks for sharing this recipe.

Lindsay said...

These sound delicious!

Alli said...

I'm glad your's turned out! I've made them at home before and they were so nasty :-)

HazelandMare said...

Oh. My. Goodness. These sound so unbelievable. I love scallops!! If it were up to me I'd have them every day. I can never seem to cook them properly though! I need some scallop lessons from you. But anyway, I'm sure he loved this meal! Yum!

Stephanie Shepherd said...

We had a scallop+shrimp dinner Sunday, a favorite combo! Although, I have yet to find a marinade that I love so this I will have to try :)

Jenna Lee said...

I love scallops for a fresh summer meal. Its always savory and delicious! Its perfect in a nice citrus salad! As always Lindsay nice job!

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

hahaha, I'm with you w/the whole not eating brains and central nervous systems. ;) Great pictures and lighting!

Mongs said...

you always amazes me with your simple recipes, you're a genius! This is so simple and yummy looking that I'm laughing my way to the kitchen. Haha...THank you!

love,mongs
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Collins said...

oh yes, about to pin this so that i remember to make it. yum!

Andrea@Fancy That! said...

It would never occur to me to think about a CNS. You're hilarious!

Heather said...

These look delicious!

The Michelle Show said...

Ah you're such an adventurous cook! I can't handle seafood, unfortunately for hubs lol

fifi said...

scallops are my favorite this looks so delish! just only wish i was a better cook!

Danielle said...

I've only had scallops once, and they were pretty good. I'd be too afraid to make them myself, but maybe when I get the courage, I'll use your recipe. They look really good! And Ian sounds just like my boyfriend...he'd be like "is this it?" :)

{The Perfect Palette} said...

mmmmmmm, scallops. those look absolutely delish.

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

ginnysaurusrex said...

I've always been afraid to cook scallops but I want to try! Gonna pin this! :D

Daisy said...

Wow, these look great!

natasha {schue love} said...

Wow! These look amazing!! Love the light dressing you used...when scallops are used with creamy dressings, it gets too heavy. Definitely want to try this asap!! :)

Katie said...

Oooo yummy!! I LOVE scallops!

Alexa said...

Lindsey I am going to have to try this. My husband loves scallops...looks delish!
xo
Alexa
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A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Yeeeuum! I've never tried to make scallops before! These look so good, I should try them!
Jo-Anna

Shona said...

Ha ha! That sounds exactly like my hubby! As a matter of fact, earlier I told him I was making chicken quesadillas for supper - not to think that was his before supper snack! I have never eaten scallops, let alone cood them, but they looked beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Dionne said...

Oh wow, I LOVE scallops! Thanks for posting this! I will need to keep this in my bookmarks.

Anonymous said...

your husband sounds exactly like my husband. how funny!!
caw
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Mindy said...

It's true, you ARE trying to starve him. lol I'd say they look good, but I'm not a scallop fan. I will bookmark the recipe for the other eaters in my house though. :o)

Jennifer said...

This post makes me want to try scallops, now! Yum!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

oh i want to try!! these sound so good :)

Lauren Battershell said...

yum! These look so tasty. and yes, they are fancy. =)

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Meg {henninglove} said...

you are an amazing wife lindsay to make scallops for your husband :-)

Jessica said...

Those look delishh! I will have to try making these now!!

steph said...

You're the sweetest wife ever! I hope that when I get married someday I'll be as thoughtful as you are. i'm sure he loved it! and I'm a girl, but i'm so totally like your husband. haha! "what can i get most for my money?!" hehe ps.. THANK YOU (X100) for all your awesome skin care tips. you're the best!

www.StarHughes.com said...

Lindsay! I am sooo impressed! These are SO fancy! And they look incredible. Your food pictures are amazing. I bet they taste delicious too! I've never tried scallops but I'll have to remember it for next time I'm trying to pretend I'm a good cook :) I bet Ian loved it!

Rachael said...

Ahahha! That was SOOO funny! Did he honestly think you just made appetizers or was he teasing you (while getting his point across)? I read this as I was curling my hair, laughed and read it aloud to my family, who also enjoyed it.
I'm a vegetarian, and always have been, but those look yummy!

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

My mouth is watering!!! YUM! I am craving scallops so bad! I am definitely going to bookmark this recipe...can't wait to try it :) xoxoxo brynn

Bad Joan said...

These look so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Mimi said...

oh my gosh!!!! that looks absolutely delicious! i am definitely adding this to my recipe book, thank you! :D

<3, Mimi
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a Bug and Bird said...

those looks yummy! scallops are one of my favorite foods!

Anna said...

Are you not just the most lovely wife ever. I think it's a testament to you that you acknowledge when your hubby is working hard! :) I loved your thought comments on them not having brains and central nervous systems (phew!) as I couldn't stomach them either if they did. The dish looked delicious and I am inspired to give scallops a go now.

Anna xo

http://www.lifesshinyprettythings.blogspot.com/

shopgirl said...

These scallops look so delicious and the story about your husband.... is just too sweet.

p.s. I've never cooked scallops, but this post has inspired me.
Cheers! Reese
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Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Those look amazing! I need to try your recipe - I love scallops but my one attempt at making them had our house smelling for days. :) Your story cracked me up too - mainly b/c I made ceviche on vacation and shelled my first shrimp. Uncooked. Gross.

Pink Ronnie said...

Gorgeous... your scallops look gorgeous!!!
Ronnie xo

Glitter and Pearls said...

Those look amazing!

xox Lexi
Glitter & Pearls

Hanna said...

These look amazing Lindsay! I love scallops but for some reason am always a little nervous about cooking them. Maybe I'll try some next week:)

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