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Seared Scallops with Sauteed Cucumbers

From: EatingWell

Sweet sea scallops pair beautifully with lightly sauteed cucumbers. Try adding a handful of julienned snow peas to the cucumbers, for extra crunch. Serve simply with crusty bread or a few boiled new potatoes.

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 25 mins
Total: 1 hr
Rated : 
 by 1 person
2   large English cucumbers
1/2 teaspoon  kosher salt, divided
  Freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 teaspoons  butter, divided
3 teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup  reduced-fat sour cream
1 1/4 pounds  large dry sea scallops, (see Tip), tough muscle removed
1 tablespoon  minced fresh dill, or flat-leaf parsley for garnish
1. Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise, scrape out seeds with a spoon and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Transfer to a colander set over a bowl. Toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt and set aside for 30 minutes to drain.
2. Heat 1 teaspoon butter and 2 teaspoons oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the drained cucumbers and cook, stirring, until wilted and beginning to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in sour cream and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl.
3. Wipe out the pan. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons butter and 1 teaspoon oil over high heat. Add scallops, season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Gently stir the cucumber mixture into the scallops. Serve garnished with dill (or parsley), if desired.
Be sure to buy "dry" sea scallops (scallops that have not been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, or STP). Scallops that have been treated with STP ("wet" scallops) have been subjected to a chemical bath and are not only mushy and less flavorful, but also will not brown properly.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 225, Total Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Monounsaturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 60 mg, Sodium 377 mg, Carbohydrate 10 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 25 g, Potassium 697 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin C 15%. Exchanges: Vegetable 1,Lean Meat 3.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Dave-518 wrote:

I made this last night along with the Clams Casino that were also on the "Best Healthy Seafood" list! The scallops paired astonishingly well with the cucumbers, I couldn't believe it! I went with the Dill sprinkled on top at the end, and I'm so happy I did! It really brings the whole dish together! Probably the most tasty way I've ever had scallops in my entire life!!!

5/23/2013 09:47:27 AM Report Abuse

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