Scallops is another one of my favourite foods. I like both the silky smooth texture and the nice flavour that is very different to any other seafood. Together with pasta it makes a nice light main course.
Spaghetti with scallops, 2 portions
spaghetti (my favourite is De Cecco linguine)
8 king scallops (more if you buy smaller ones)
5-6 sunblush tomatoes in olive oil
1 clove garlic (or more), pressed
some chopped parsley
1 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 lemon, the juice
extra virgin olive oil
Start off my removing the small muscles on the scallops that are too chewy to eat. Next chop the parsley and tomatoes. Cook the pasta, and then get started on the rest. In a small frying pan heat up a knob of butter and some olive oil, medium-medium high heat. Cook the scallops, first 2-3 minutes on one side and when they have got some colour and you can see that they are cooked halfway through or so, turn over for another 2-3 minutes. You don’t want to cook them for too long and you don’t want them underdone, so check by making a small cut with a knife if you need too. Season the scallops with salt and white pepper. Remove the scallops onto a sideplate and rinse the frying pan quickly. Pour in some fresh olive oil (quite a lot) and turn the heat down, throw in the garlic and tomatoes, chilli flakes and parsley and squeeze out the lemon juice. Put some salt and pepper in there too. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes and then turn the heat off. Drain the pasta, pour in the tomato mixture and if it feels dry pour in some more olive oil. Plate the pasta and place four scallops on every plate. Drizzle on some more olive oil and sprinkle on some salt.