Pan-Seared Scallops and Yellow Squash with Lemon Cream Couscous

July  2, 2010
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Both scallops and yellow squash are sweet and delicate so they make a perfect pair. The sea scallops are tender, sweet morsels, both succulent and savory, with a caramelized golden crusty top and bottom. A light coating of lemony cream sauce enhances the flavors of the scallops and yellow squash not overpowering them. I like to serve the delicate dish with fluffy couscous. This simple recipe has a very nice balance. —Kiss the Cook

What You'll Need
  • 2 medium yellow squash, cut thin pieces
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 10-ounce package of whole wheat couscous, prepared according to box directions
  1. Sprinkle sea scallops with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper on both sides. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallops to the skillet. Sauté until golden and caramelized, and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer the scallops to a bowl and cover with aluminum foil. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, the scallions, and yellow squash to the skillet and sauté for 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl with the scallops. Add the chicken stock, cream, lemon juice, and zest to the skillet and simmer for 4 minutes or until thickened slightly. Add the scallops, yellow squash, and any juices from the bowl and cook until just heated through.
  3. Pour seared scallops and yellow squash with lemon cream over fork-fluffed whole wheat couscous and serve.

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1 Review

BRossa October 25, 2014
This was quite delicious. The sauce took a bit longer to thicken than the recipe said, but isn't that always the truth? I served with orzo instead of couscous. Would definitely make again.