Seared Scallops with Red Pepper Jam

Seared Scallops with Red Pepper Jam

Serves 4

The quintessential Australian combination of the highest quality seafood and produce joined with Asian influences shows up prominently in this dish. Pan-seared scallops are served with a spicy-sweet red pepper jam to create an appealing appetizer or light meal. Leftover pepper jam is delicious spread on a baguette and topped with grilled shrimp.

Ingredients: 
  • Red Pepper Jam
  • 4 roasted red bell peppers, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 red Thai or serrano chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Scallops
  • 12 sea scallops, side muscle removed and patted dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon expeller-pressed canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted cashews
  • Fresh cilantro and mint, for garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
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Method: 

For the jam, combine red peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, chiles, brown sugar and fish sauce in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until peppers and onions are soft and caramelized, about 1 hour. Add salt and pepper. Remove from the heat, stir in lime juice and set aside to cool.

For the scallops, season scallops on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add scallops and brown lightly on each side, about 2 minutes, and continue cooking until cooked through. Transfer to a large plate as done. Add additional oil to the skillet as needed and continue cooking scallops in batches.

To serve, divide scallops among 4 plates. Spoon red pepper jam over scallops, then sprinkle with cashews, cilantro and mint. Serve lime wedges on the side.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: 3 scallops, plus jam, 260 calories (120 from fat), 14g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 360mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 16g sugar), 10g protein
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