Cast Iron

Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Corn Puree

October  4, 2016
1 Ratings
Photo by Holly
  • Serves 5
Author Notes

Delicious, decadent, & low-calorie. Full of protein & flavor! With chorizo, cherry tomatoes, shallots & scallions. —Holly

What You'll Need
  • For The Corn Puree:
  • 4-5 ears of fresh corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For The Scallops:
  • 1 1/4 pounds medium-sized dry sea scallops (about 25)
  • 3 ounces dry-cured chorizo, chopped into small pieces
  • 20 red & yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • scallions, chopped
  1. For The Corn Puree:
  2. Boil corn for 5 minutes, drain in a colander, and allow to cool.
  3. While corn is cooling, sauté sliced shallots in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. When finished cooking shallots, turn the heat off and add the butter to the pan so it can melt.
  4. Once the corn is cool enough to handle, carefully cut kernels from cob. Set aside ½ cup of kernels for garnish.
  5. In a food processor, combine remainder of the corn kernels, the chicken broth, salt, cayenne, almond milk and the shallots with melted butter. Blend until thoroughly combined into a smooth puree.
  6. Transfer puree to a medium bowl and set aside.
  7. **NOTE: 24 oz frozen sweet corn can be substituted if necessary; thaw the corn and bring up to room temperature in a saucepan for a few minutes.
  1. For The Scallops:
  2. Divide the scallops into groups of similar size, so you can cook batches of similar size together.
  3. Salt the scallops and place them on a paper-towel lined plate and blot the excess moisture.
  4. Heat up a large cast iron skillet or sauce pan over medium high heat then add the chorizo. Cook for 2-3 minutes then using a slotted spoon remove chorizo from the pan but leave the oil.
  5. Keep the pan hot and add the scallops. Cook for 2 minutes a side, and be sure to not over cook them. Scallops should be golden brown. If needed, cook them in batches (about 7 at a time) to avoid over-crowding the pan. Add a little olive oil between batches if needed.
  6. Serve the scallops on a bed of corn puree, garnished with remaining fresh corn kernels, chopped scallions, halved cherry tomatoes and cooked chorizo.
  7. **NOTE: Dry scallops are preferred over wet scallops! If you are uncertain, ask your fish market which type(s) they have available. If you are only able to obtain wet scallops, rinse them of any milky residue & dry with paper towels before following the recipe.

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1 Review

mmrabuse August 28, 2023
In all honesty: I only made the pureed sweet corn for a summer salad recipe. But it was a huge hit, and I'll definitely be making it with scallops in the future!