In this episode of Quick Kitchen Tips, Coho Restaurant Sous Chef Samantha teaches you how to properly sear a scallop. Your scallop will be seared to a golden brown and cooked through but not overcooked.
First things first, dry your scallop completely so there is no excess water. Place a paper towel on top of a plate, lay your scallops out, place another paper towel on top of the scallops, and allow to sit at room temperature for five minutes. During this time, add oil to a nonstick skillet and place over high heat. The pan is hot enough when you place a scallop in the oil and it immediately starts sizzling. Cook the scallops in the hot pan for three to four minutes. Once browned, flip each one over and cook for an additional minute.
Knowing how to sear scallops is a great bit of kitchen knowledge to have in your pocket, especially when living in a seaside town like Friday Habor! We are surrounded by fresh seafood in the Puget Sound and scallops are one of those divine delicacies. When cooked properly, they create a simple but rich and elegant dish to serve to one and all.