Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Garlic Aioli Orzo
 
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • PAN SEARED SEA SCALLOPS INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 ¼ lbs. sea scallops
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon rind
  • garlic salt and pepper
  • GARLIC AIOLI ORZO INGREDIENTS:
  • 6 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • ½ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • Orzo (to serve four) prepared to package instructions
  • ⅓ c. fire roasted red peppers, diced (or diced sundried tomatoes with olive oil drained)
Instructions
  1. PAN SEARED SEA SCALLOP INSTRUCTIONS:
  2. In a large bowl, add in scallops, garlic salt and pepper and toss.
  3. In a skillet on the stovetop over high heat, add butter and oil.
  4. When skillet is a little smoky, add in scallops.
  5. Add in lemon or lime juice and lemon rind over tops of scallops.
  6. Keep scallops from touching one another.
  7. Cook for approximately 1-2 minutes until they have a slightly golden hue.
  8. Serve immediately over the Garlic Aioli Orzo.
  9. GARLIC AIOLI INSTRUCTIONS:
  10. In a food possessor, add in garlic, egg, juices, salt and pepper.
  11. Add in about a ⅛ of the oil in a slow stream. Blend. Continue 3 more times until all the oil is used. The mixture will be thick.
  12. RECIPE PROCEDURE:
  13. Make Garlic Aioli first, set aside.
  14. Cook orzo for four to package instructions.
  15. Drain orzo and place back into the pot; add in fire-roasted red peppers and desired amount of Aioli and stir.
  16. Set aside.
  17. In a skillet on the stove to, prepare the sea scallops.
  18. In a large serving bowl, add in orzo.
  19. Add scallops to the top of the orzo mixture and serve immediately.
Recipe by Maryann Ridini Spencer at https://maryannridinispencer.com/pan-seared-sea-scallops-with-garlic-aioli-orzo/