Pan-seared Scallops with Summer Succotash

scallops-succotash Quentin Bacon


  • 1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 finely chopped shallot
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 7 ears) or 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
  • 1 (8-ounce) bag frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped tarragon or basil, plus sprigs for garnish


  1. Rinse scallops, and pat dry. Pull muscle from side of scallops, and discard. Season with pepper, to taste.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium nonstick or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over moderately high heat. Cook scallops, turning once, 4 minutes (depending on size of scallops) or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate; cover and keep warm.

  3. Lower heat to medium; add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to skillet. Cook bell pepper, shallot, and garlic, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until slightly softened.

  4. Stir in the corn and edamame, and cook, stirring occasionally, an additional 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

  5. Add the cider vinegar, and cook, stirring constantly, until completely evaporated, about 1 minute. Pour in the buttermilk; cook, stirring, until reduced in half. Stir in chopped tarragon, and spoon vegetables into 4 bowls. Top evenly with scallops; serve immediately.

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  • An elegant yet easy summertime meal, pan-seared scallops are always a winner. Serve scallops over a beautiful bed of corn and edamame succotash.
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 3 scallops and 1/4 of succotash)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 408
Fat per serving: 8g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 40g
Carbohydrate per serving: 46g
Fiber per serving: 7g
Cholesterol per serving: 57mg
Iron per serving: 3mg
Sodium per serving: 316mg
Calcium per serving: 110mg

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