Shrimp, Scallops & Dill Rice with Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette

By SunsetsOnTheSide
February 20, 2014
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Author Notes: Scallops & shrimp with lemon mustard vinaigrette is a perfect meal for a special night in. It looks and tastes like a restaurant dish, but it'll be much easier on your wallet!SunsetsOnTheSide

Serves: 2-4

  • ½ cup + 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided (plus more for seasoning)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, divided (plus more for seasoning)
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 pound shrimp (I used 31-35 count), peeled & deveined
  • 1/2 pound scallops (I used 20-30 count)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  1. For the vinaigrette: Pour ½ cup of the olive oil into a glass measuring cup or small bowl. Add the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, shallot, 1 T. dill, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper. Whisk together vigorously until the vinaigrette combines and thickens.
  2. For the rice: Stir the rice, chicken stock, and remaining salt and pepper together in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and let simmer – stirring occasionally – for 15-20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove the rice from the heat, let it stand for 5 minutes, and then stir in the parsley, remaining dill, and ½ cup of the prepared vinaigrette.
  3. For the seafood: Pat the shrimp and scallops dry with paper towels, and season with salt and pepper. Heat the butter and remaining 1 T. olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the scallops to the hot pan. Sear the first side for 3 minutes, flip, and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side. Remove the scallops with a slotted spoon and place on a plate.
  4. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook the same way (sear the first side for 3 minutes, flip, and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side). Add the scallops and their juices back into the pan with the shrimp, pour in 1 T. of the vinaigrette, and cook for just 1 minute longer to coat the seafood in the sauce.
  5. To serve, place the rice on a plate, top with scallops and shrimp. Garnish with lemon slices and drizzle more vinaigrette on top, if desired.

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