Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

I am absolutely head over heels in love with perfectly seared scallops. Throw some creamy dreamy pesto on top and I’ve died and gone to heaven.

This dish is so simple and looks so impressive on a plate. I garnished these beauties with a little squeeze of lemon juice and zest to bring out some brightness and then topped each scallop with micro greens like arugula or cilantro to balance out the richness of the pesto. Serve with your favorite pasta or roasted veggies and it turns into a beautiful meal.

To properly sear scallops, you’ll need a heavy bottomed skillet like a cast iron skillet and some high heat before you place them in the pan. Also, make sure the scallops are completely pat dry. They’ll turn out perfectly cooked every time you follow these simple steps.

The micro greens you can find at any specialty store or many local grocery stores carry it. Just ask a store clerk and they can point you in the right direction. I love using micro greens for very simple garnishes. They go well on soups, cooked proteins, salads and they look so cute!

This is such a beautiful meal to serve to dinner guests or even a date night in with your honey. Either way it will be an elegant meal perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!

Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Large Scallops, completely pat dry
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup Basil Pesto, homemade or store bought
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Micro Greens, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized cast iron skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. {You want the pan very hot before you put the scallops in to properly sear the scallops.} Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  2. Place in the pan and sear 2 minutes on one side until golden brown and 1 minute on the other side. Remove to a plate and squeeze lemon juice over the top of the scallops and garnish with the lemon zest.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan whisk together pesto and cream. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Spoon pesto sauce over scallops and garnish with micro greens. Serve immediately.
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This is such a beautiful meal to serve to dinner guests or even a date night in with your honey. Either way it will be an elegant meal perfect for any occasion.

Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

You want the pan very hot before you put the scallops in to properly sear the scallops.
Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Make sure you thoroughly pat dry the scallops before seasoning.

Scallops won’t get that beautiful caramelized crust unless the outside is dry.
Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

High heat and a heavy bottomed pan like cast iron is key to searing.

You can prepare the sauce easily before or after the scallops cook or if you’re good at multi-tasking you can make it during.

Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Savor and Enjoy!



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