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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
Ingredients
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
Directions
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.
Tip:
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


Comments (1)
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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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