I love scallops, either the small bay or the large sea scallops prepared any which way but I am partial to the large sea scallops. Especially when they are seared to a crisp, golden brown on the outside while the inside is creamy with a mild sweetness to the flesh. This recipe for seared sea scallops, snow peas, and soba noodles make a full meal that has a luscious sauce with an Asian flair.
Today was a work-day in the yard, raking up the winter leaves and I burned up a few calories wielding that rake so I was looking for something quick, easy and delicious for dinner. This recipe for seared sea scallops, snow peas and soba noodles was perfect.
Soba is the Japanese word for buckwheat and, incidentally, there isn’t any wheat involved in buckwheat which means they are ‘gluten-free’. They are also low-calorie and low-fat which makes this dish especially attractive to me in my on-going battle of the bulge.
I have a cast-iron griddle that I like to use when searing scallops and the secret to getting a nice caramelized crust on them is to pat them dry with a paper towel, brush each one with a high-heat oil such as peanut, coconut or avocado oil. When that griddle is smoking-hot, put half of them on the griddle and do not move them.
When you can see the bottom edges turning brown, gently push on the scallop, if it moves, flip it over and sear the other side and when that side is seared, sear the next batch. They should be ready to turn in about three minutes.
Sear the flipped side for about two minutes, check for doneness by making a small cut in one scallop with a sharp knife and it will be opaque when cooked.
The hot snow peas are so crisp and crunchy with this dish and the luscious sauce has just enough ‘kick’ from the chile-garlic sauce to highlight the creamy scallops.
This recipe has been adapted from my cookbook: Cooking Light.
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- Soba Noodles, Shrimp and Spicy Peanut Sauce
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Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 326 Total Fat 8g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 47mg Sodium 1653mg Carbohydrates 35g Fiber 3g Sugar 13g Protein 30g