2tablespoonsItalian parsley(optional) fresh, chopped, to garnish
Place the dry scallops in a shallow dish.
Season them to taste, with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with cajun and paprika, use about half of the ⅛ teaspoon for each spice. We will use the other ⅛ teaspoon after they are flipped.
Heat large pan over medium-high heat.
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter.
Place the seasoned side of the scallops down in the pan.
Sear them until they release easily from the pan, usually within 2 minutes, depending on the size of your scallops. As they are cooking, re-season the tops with the spices, salt, and pepper to taste.
Flip them over, add the remaining tablespoon of butter and cook for about 1 minute until white, opaque and firm.
Transfer to a warm dish and cover loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
Lower the heat to medium, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and the french shallots. Sautee for a couple of minutes until they begin to soften.
Increase the heat to medium-high. Add 3 tablespoons of white wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
Keep stirring until the sauce thickens slightly. Add the chopped green onions and saute for a few more minutes.
Turn the heat off, remove the pan from the heat and return the scallops back to the pan, basting them with the sauce.
Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
When possible, always purchase dry scallops (see below for more info).
Rinse them quickly under cold water and pat dry with a tea towel.
Overcooking this seafood results in a rubbery taste.
Purchasing wet vs dry scallops The difference here is that the wet variety has been preserved in a phosphate solution. You will notice they are bright white and glossy looking. As a result, the scallop will absorb more water which is then released when it is cooked.A dry scallop has not been treated, has an ivory, off-white color and ultimately provides a better taste. Always purchase dry scallops.Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.