Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas

27 Apr
Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas

Living in the Baja life is typically pretty laid back, super casual & really social! Sure, we have stuff to do & the same responsibilities as everyone else, work, kids, school etc but overall we`re not quite as tied to strict routines as many. Playdates don`t need to be scheduled weeks in advance, friends & neighbors stop by unannounced, impromptu carne asada`s happen often. It`s just kind of how we roll & it`s pretty awesome. Now on the other hand every once in awhile we do end up with something a little more formal. Nothing crazy like having to trade flip flops for dress shoes or anything but for example maybe distant relatives visiting who are old school north east & a bit more proper or  uptight. The ones who aren`t invited to stay with you but mandatory to get together once while they`re in town. I think you know what I mean. The ones you need to fool so they don`t go home & start with the gossip & gab about our crazy or misguided life in Mexico.
Well, this simple man`s plan to healthier eating today is perfect for such occasions or when you feel like you should step it up a little. What I have for you are Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas. The perfect starter with a sophisticated feel they`re elegant, luscious & purely delectable but so quick & easy it`s ridiculous. Tender, juicy scallops with a spicy rub on a bed of buttery minty sweet pea puree. The flavors & contrasts are pretty incredible & just work so well together. I served this as a 1st course, followed by my Simply Velvet Cream of Mushroom Soup & a Dijon Rosemary Crusted Prime Rib of Pork. Yep, totally fooled them!!
Here`s all you`ll need for your Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas:
Serves 4
Sea Scallops- 12 dried thoroughly
Blackened Seasoning-optional or simply S & P but I like the spice
Green Sweet Peas- 1 12oz bag
Butter- 2 Tablespoons
Fresh Mint- 10 medium-large leaves
Sprouts or micro greens
S & P to tastescallops with minted peas1

Doesn`t look too complicated does it but such a great match.scallops with minted peas3Dry your scallops really well & season. Look for “Dry Packed“ scallops (no chemical additives) as some are dipped in a chemical solution to retain moisture & increase shelf life.  I used my Blackened Seasoning recipe for a little spice but a little salt & pepper will work perfectly.scallops with minted peas2If you happen to be lucky enough to have fresh peas by all means use them. Your cooking time will just be a little longer. I didn`t so I used a bag of frozen. Still totally delish, sweet & creamy. Add the peas to a sauce pan & cover with water. Bring to a boil & cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain well.scallops with minted peas5To the peas add your butter & mint leaves. I used an immersion blender but a food processor or regular blender will work beautifully. Puree until smooth, taste & adjust seasoning as needed.scallops with minted peas6 Heat a skillet with splash of olive oil over medium high heat. When really hot but not quite smoking add the scallops. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until nicely seared. Super easy right. That`s it, your ready to plate.scallops with minted peas10Place a couple of spoonfuls of your puree on a plate. Add 3 scallops to the bed of sweet peas. Garnish with the sprouts or micro greens.

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas

Serve & enjoy your Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas!

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas

Ingredients

  • Sea Scallops- 12 dried thoroughly
  • Blackened Seasoning-optional or simply S & P but I like the spice
  • Green Sweet Peas- 1 12oz bag or fresh if you`re lucky enough
  • Butter- 2 Tablespoons
  • Fresh Mint- 10 medium-large leaves
  • Sprouts or micro greens
  • S & P to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the peas to a sauce pan & cover with water. Bring to a boil & cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain well.
  2. To the peas add your butter & mint leaves. I used an immersion blender but a food processor or regular blender will work beautifully. Puree until smooth, taste & adjust seasoning as needed.
  3. For the Scallops
  4. Dry your scallops really well & season. Look for ``Dry Packed`` scallops (no chemical additives) as some are dipped in a chemical solution to retain moisture & increase shelf life. I used my Blackened Seasoning recipe for a little spice but a little salt & pepper will work perfectly.
  5. Heat a skillet with splash of olive oil over medium high heat. When really hot but not quite smoking add the scallops. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until nicely seared.
  6. Place a couple of spoonfulls of your puree on a plate. Add 3 scallops to the bed of sweet peas. Garnish with the sprouts or micro greens.
  7. Serve & enjoy your Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas!
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