Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pan-Seared Sea Scallops on Red Onion Marmalade

 This dish can be made in less than a half an hour and is perfect served as a first course or as a main entree. If served as a main course, it is recommended that it be served with a soft polenta and steamed broccoli rabe. The onion marmalade is delicious separate with grilled meats or as an accompaniment for cheese.

We served it up with our Valentine's Day meal as a first course in place of salad.


Pan-seared sea scallops on red onion marmalade
4 main course or 8 first course servings
Recipe from: Bon Appetit 

Ingredients:
16 large scallops, side muscles removed
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 medium red onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
Chopped fresh chives

Directions:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Toss the scallops in 2 tablespoons oil, lemon peel, and ginger in a medium bowl.  Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Add scallops to skillet. Cook until brown and just opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer scallops to small baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm.

Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil to drippings in same skillet; place over high heat. Add onions; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, and brown sugar. Cook until onion marmalade is thick, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon marmalade onto plates. Top with scallops and any juices. Sprinkle with chives.

Enjoy!

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72 comments:

cookbookapprentice said...

What a gorgeous looking dish! The onion marmalade seems like a fantastic addition that I'd use time and time again! Happy Valentines Day!

Mary said...

What a gorgeous first course. I adore scallops and will try these very soon. Have a great day...Mary

Angie's Recipes said...

I adore scallops....unfortunately no sight of them here.

Your pan-seared scallops look so very inviting!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Wheww! This would make a fine Valentine's dinner! I love scallops also!!

Rebecca said...

If I were cooking our Valentine's dinner tonight, I'd make this! Fortunately, my bf is taking care of dinner tonight! This looks lovely though - I'll keep it in mind for our next romantic dinner date :)

my boyfriend cooks for me said...

This looks beautiful. Will have to try that red onion marmalade (I bet it would be amazing on some nice steaks, too!)

Meals by Misty said...

I love LOVE love scallops. The husband doesn't so I don't cook them near as often as I should. The presentation is fabulous! Makes me hungry, however, I am done cooking for a while (at least until Monday) :)

Fimère said...

un diner parfait ça ne peut être que délicieux
joyeuse st Valentin
bonne soirée

Susan Fields said...

Sea scallops - yum! Onion marmalade - yum! Sounds absolutely delicious!

Banu said...

lovely color on those scallops! Beautiful.

Sandi said...

it looks absolutely delicious Velva!! I am going to be trying that in the weeks to come

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

Velva, everyone of your recipes/pics always looks amazing! I can't wait to try this combo of ingredients with scallops! Do you think it would be okay to add some bacon pieces to the mixture, or do you think that would be too much?

George Gaston said...

Velva, what a beautiful dinner. Scallops are one of my favorite seafoods and the red onion marmalade sounds incredible. Definitely going to give this a try.

Happy Valentine's Day...

Martha's Menagerie said...

Oh how delicious - and beautiful too! Hope you are having a Happy Valentine's Day! Any snow up there at your end of the state? Too cold for Florida!

Lea Ann said...

Beautiful! I'm a scallop girl and will have to give this a try. Beautiful plate.

Asha @ FSK said...

Stunning! Love the sear on the scallop.. So often you get a limp scallop on your plate.. this looks gorgeous!!

Erica said...

I love how quickly scallops cook up! It makes it possible to have a quick, elegant meal! This looks just gorgeous! I bet it pairs awesome with polenta- yum! Happy Valentine's day!!

doggybloggy said...

this is a beautiful dinner and the scallop looks so regal and perfect...

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You went over the top for this dinner!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This looks like the perfect Valentine's Day dinner. Happy Valentine's Day!

Gina said...

That looks wonderful! I just love scallops.

Lyndsey said...

Oh my, what a beautiful first course for Valentine's Day dinner! It looks so good!!!

Peggy Bourjaily said...

I adore pan seared scallops. And the red onion marmalade sounds amazing. Will have to try this soon.

A Year on the Grill said...

beautiful... can't wait to see the rest of the meal

Chow and Chatter said...

wow it looks amazing and such a great picture
Happy Valentines

Marguerite said...

Looks fabulous for Valentine's Day. And the onion marmalade sounds divine! Happy Valentines!

lakegirl said...

Happy Valentines Day!

Looks delicious! Love the beautiful plate, too.

Chef E said...

Once again you have presented poetry on a plate! We love scallops and red onion marmalade would just be the cherry on the cake!

3 hungry tummies said...

What a beautiful looking dash! Your photo never failed to capture the essence of the dish!

Sook said...

The scallop looks amazing! Yum!

KennyT said...

The scallop is huge!! Looks so yum!

pierre said...

this scallop is totally scrumptious ! and this marmelade is so tasty cheers de Paris Pierre

Sage said...

My husband just loves scallops in any recipe; this looks spectacular especially with the marmalade. Hope you had a wonderful lovely Valentines Day
Rita

Sophie said...

A georgous & very fabulous dish, Velva!!

a beautiful picture too,....mmmmmmm!!

I just gave you an AWARD!!! Yeah!!!

Joanne said...

Would it be totally indulgent of me to have this with polenta AND broccoli rabe? I hope not because that is what I want. For dinner. Tonight. I need to investigate teh scallop availability in my life. Gorgeous!

D said...

I love scallops but haven't had much success making them at home. Your dish looks amazing!

Chris said...

Nice looking "scallop-tizer" serving :)

Claudia said...

This is too pretty to eat. Love onion marmalade and can use it often - but that scallop pearched on on the marmalde- so fetching and inviting.

Rapunzel said...

looks fabulous! almost makes me wish I'd stayed home and cooked instead of going out to dinner for Valentines Day!

theycallmejane said...

This one is printing as I type! My husband loves scallops and your dish looks divine!

Barbara said...

I have scallops at least once a week, Velva! They would be fabulous with your onion marmalade! What a super recipe. Copying it right now. I can think of so many uses for it. Kudos!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Scallops are one of my favorite seafoods. I like them seared, without much fuss. You did just that, but the red onion marmalade stands out. Great recipe!

5 Star Foodie said...

Perfect dish! The red onion marmalade sounds just fabulous with scallops! Hope you had a terrific celebration!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Velva dearest,
Your delicacies are a true delight awaiting us all at the end of the Cinderella ball....let out your corsets, ladies! LET'S EAT CHEZ VELVA!!!!

Beautiful display and mouthwatering meals as well. Bisous, Anita

ARUNA said...

That's a gorgeous dish, tempting pic!

grace said...

the dark crust you've achieved on your scallop is perfection, and that makes an ideal bed. i adore this fancy but doable dish, velva!

Hungry Dog said...

I just made scallops recently and got nowhere near the gorgeous golden brown crust you got on yours!! You have the magic touch. This dish looks amazing.

teresa said...

so gorgeous and fancy! what a perfect dish, i just want to dig in!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

I've made scallops once.....not a good experience. These on the other hand look and sound lovely and make a change of the scallops with minted pea puree.....

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks fabulous! What an elegant first course!

Bridgett said...

I need to make this for my husband....immediately!

Jen_from_NJ said...

That scallop looks just perfect sitting atop of that lovely red onion marmalade! Mmmm!

Debbie said...

Wow...if that doesn't look delicious than I don't know what does. So tasty...I love scallops!!!

Shari said...

oh how I love scallops!!! cannot wait to try this recipe!

Chatelaine said...

Well I live not too far from the coast so scallops are plentiful. I am definitely going to try this recipe. It looks delicious.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

This is definately a keeper - thank you for sharing!
Susan

Chef Aimee said...

The red onion marmalade looks absolutely divine! Oh I could eat that all on its own! Lovely!

Tangled Noodle said...

I have so enjoyed seeing all the marvelous Valentine's dinners but this is one of the most delightful! I love scallops but the onion marmalade sounds fantastic. 8-)

Katy ~ said...

Velva, this is absolutely top shelf! We love scallops here so this is a welcomed dish. Will be adding this to the repertoire. Perfection!

Karen said...

Perfect beginning to a Valentine's Day meal!

Lynda said...

Oh my goodness, this just looks amazing, Velva!
What a perfect addition to your valentine dinner.

Dishesdone said...

It's beautiful, looks absolutely delicious and perfectly plated! What a lovely Valentine's dinner!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Beautiful V-day dinner! And look at the size of that scallop!

Mimi said...

Your scallop looks perfect, and served with onion marmalade, heavenly!
Mimi

shahana said...

looks yummy as well as healthy dear!!!

Claire (Culinarygoddess.com) said...

gorgeous! sounds perfect

tasteofbeirut said...

I think these scallops are perfect for a celebratory meal. I like onions so much too!

SashaInTheKitchen said...

looks great! I just made some fun scallop appetizers too, for my blog. Scallops make the best small plates, don't they?

Simply Life said...

gosh, this picture belongs in a magazine!

Chef Fresco said...

What a perfect Valentine's Day meal! Perfect combo of flavors!

Southern Lady said...

Looks yummy! I'll have to try this!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Speechless... wow.

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