Thai-Style Scallops

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Author Notes: This is one of my all-time favorite dishes...I could live on it (and I'm not really kidding). Try to find scallops that are ecologically's not always easy, but it's important (esp. if you do eat them a lot). If you aren't a fan of spicy foods, I would add the chilies at the same time as you add the coconut milk, and make sure to de-seed them. If you do like spicy (like me), then don't seed them and wait to add them toward the end, with the bean sprouts. This recipe might serve two people, but I had no problem eating all of it myself. - WinnieAbWinnieAb

Food52 Review: This dish comes together in minutes for a fresh, flavorful alternative to takeout. The balance of brown sugar to fish sauce to lime juice in the sauce is just right, and the small amount of full-fat coconut milk adds just enough richness without stifling the other flavors. If you find removing minced garlic from a hot wok tricky, consider using sliced garlic for the first step. Cooks who aren't fans of red bell pepper may want to substitute julienned carrots for color and crunch. - KristenThe Editors

Serves 1-2

  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 pound scallops, preferably those that are sustainably harvested, rinsed and dried (cut in half, if very large)
  • 2 green onions/scallions, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 2-3 Serrano chilies, minced (you can seed them if you don't want the dish to be very spicy, or leave one, two, or all unseeded)
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut milk (whole, not "lite")
  • 1/3 cup fish stock or chicken stock, preferably homemade (you can use water if you don't have any stock on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 large handful of mung bean sprouts
  • leaves from 2 heads of baby bok choy, chopped
  • 1 cup minced cilantro, plus more for garnish, if desired
  1. In a skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add half of the garlic. Stir fry until it begins to brown, then remove and reserve.
  2. Add scallops to the wok. Let brown for 1 minute, then turn over and brown on other side for 1 minute. Remove and drain in a colander. Wipe out the pan.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the wok. Add remaining garlic, plus the scallion, red pepper, chilies (unless you want to wait to add them with the bean sprouts), coconut milk, stock or water, fish sauce, lime juice and brown sugar. Stir to dissolve the brown sugar and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the scallops. Reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes. Add the reserved garlic, bean sprouts, the bok choy and the cilantro and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  5. Serve garnished with additional cilantro, if you like...this is wonderful on its own or over rice or rice noodles.

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over 1 year ago Barbara

Can you double this recipe?


over 3 years ago thurston

i just finished eating this dish. it was delightful! my girlfriend kept commenting on how all the flavors were so clean and bright. this is going into the rotation for sure! thanks, Winnie!


about 5 years ago jifferb

made this last night - deeeelicious! thanks WinnieAb!


over 5 years ago monkeymom

This looks wonderful. I love your recipes!


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you monkeymom...I love yours too!!!


over 5 years ago Oui, Chef

Hey Winnie - I knew I could count on you to do something fresh and fabulous with scallops. I can't wait to try this dish soon. A beautiful dish and a lovely photo to boot.


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you Steve!


over 5 years ago Lizthechef

As soon as I get a new computer and resume my life, this is the recipe first on the list - looks SO good. Thumbs up!


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

Hope you try it...and like it!


over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

This is absolutely gorgeous. I'm going to have to make this soon.


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you LND!


over 5 years ago testkitchenette

Oh my, looks and sounds delicious!


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you so much!


over 5 years ago TasteFood

Lovely flavors - and gorgeous photo!


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you thank you!


over 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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Gorgeous! Love everything about this recipe. Mmmmmmmmmm!!!!


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

Thanks AntoniaJames! I believe it really does deserve all the m's!


over 5 years ago Rivka

looks amazing! beautiful pic, too...


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you!