Shrimp and Scallops in Garlic Cream Sauce

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves shallots, chopped
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 pounds (20/30 count) sea scallops
  • 1 1/2 pounds (16/20 count) shrimp peeled and deveined with tails left on
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds cooked pasta or rice, for an accompaniment
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
Directions

Special Equipment: A fine strainer

In a large saute pan, heat 1/4 cup oil and cook garlic and shallot until translucent, about 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the wine, and add parsley, basil and thyme and let the liquid reduce by half. Using a fine strainer, strain the reduction into a clean saucepan and add the cream. Over low heat, let the sauce reduce to medium thickness. To the now empty saute pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, saute scallops, cook until opaque and remove to a utility platter in a warm place. Then use the same pan to saute shrimp just until pink, and remove to the utility platter. Add cream sauce to saute pan to toss the drained pasta or rice with the cream sauce and seafood, reserving a few scallops and shrimp for the top. Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with cheese, as garnish. Arrange shrimp and scallops on top and garnish with basil sprigs.


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This recipe was excellent. I chopped up some lemon wedges and had them on the table for each plate and that brightened up the dish. Even without the lemon, the seafood was awesome added to this dish and the pasta had a ton of flavor. My guess is the people who thought it was bland didn't wait for the wine to reduce or didn't add salted pasta water back into the pasta/sauce mix. We debated whether the pasta or the seafood was the star (and I had to use frozen seafood because it's winter and I live in the mid-west). I also put the grated cheese on the table so each person could add as much as they wanted. What a great meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, this dish is bland when made according to the recipe (recipe on own gets 3-stars; it gets 4 stars with my modifications). Thanks to the other reviewers' suggestions, I added salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice. I also added the grated cheese to the sauce prior to mixing it in with the pasta; the cheese melted in and added flavor. My dh likes a thicker sauce, so I added Wondra to thicken it. If I hadn't, the sauce was just too thin. I cut the recipe in half and only used scallops. I will make again with my modifications; my dh and I enjoyed it. I look forward to adding sun-dried tomatoes as another reviewer suggested. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow this was an amazing dish. Served it at a dinner party for 8. Would recommend making the recipe a little bigger. No one could get seconds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just tried this tonight very good even my husband loved it and he isn't crazy about seafood. Used Chicken Stock in place of the wine (I'm alergic to alcohol) and it turned out great. Also used Lobster instead of the Shrimp. Yum Yum very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
Terrible. I tried to make this sauce 3 times, and every single time the cream split. I used full cream milk, pouring creak and thickened cream, and everytime, boom, curdle. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tried this recipe last night. Reduced it down to serve 2: 1/4 lb scallops & 1/4 lb shrimp. It thickened up nicely. Used dry herbs & didn't strain. Added a slight bit more cheese. It was so easy & delicious!!!! Will definitely be added to our "go to" list. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used lobster to complete the seafood dish....Rosemary, thyme, marjoram...Pecorino Romano and Asiago cheese, mozzarella and heavy cream.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
Shrimp...butter...garlic...cream sauce...awfull... UNLESS you love these things!!! This recipe makes a smooth and creamy dish that goes well with shrimp. Other evals considered, I encourage you to try this recipe. Share your opinion with FoodTV. Annie, Fremont, CA item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing. Both my husband and I thought it was restaurant quality. I made it with pasta and served it with blanched asparagus. The dish doesn't have loud blaring flavors, but a flavor combination that is rich but yet light. It was amazing. I will make this again for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, it was bland. No, I do not smoke or have dulled taste buds as another reviewer suggested. The servings were REALLY off. 2# of pasta is supposed to be 16 servings! Let alone the seafood! I added a little vodka sauce to the leftovers and it was very good then. I would probably try this again, with modifications. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Would definitely make again : As a previous review said I also added sundried tomatoes - awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids LOVED this recipe. Restaurant quality results, and I mean a good Italian restaurant. Kind of like an alfredo, but easier. I did not have heavy cream, so I used Mexican Crema. Delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG !!! What a fast, easy WONDERFUL recipe! Beats anything at Olive Garden! Making it for the third time now. It just keeps getting better! For those of you that say it doesn't taste......Fresh Herbs is the key......also you can use vegi pasta for an extra kick or to change it up...like spinach or tomato! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe that was both easy and delicious. I was home late from work and needed something fast. I had everything for the recipe except I substituted dry herbs for fresh. It was so succulent with well balanced flavors. My family loved it and I enjoyed preparing it so this has become a favorite meal in my household. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is really great, but i found that it's missing a little something. so i added some sun-dried tomatoes and they really made the dish absolutely delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Only thing I did different was sweat a little red pepper in the garlic oil before sauteing the shrimp to add some heat and gave it a squirt of lemon to add some acidity. For all the comments saying it is bland, question? How old are you, (taste buds dull with age), and do you smoke? I quit smoking 6 years ago and now my taste buds are MUCH more sensitive and my palate that much more refined. I tasted nothing bland in this recipe. Just my .02 item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an excellent recipe. It needed something though. I added the juice from 1 small lemon and about 1/2 tsp black pepper. The Romano cheese definitely added flavor at the end. I will make this again soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I tried it for Mother's Day and now my wife loves me for ever!. Easy and delicious. Couple of tweaks: I put the scallops, shrimp and baby octopus (my addition) in salty water before sauteeing them. Added extra garlic and extra onions (forgot to get shallots). Extra time thickening the sauce. Extra time sauteeing scallops, shrimp and baby octopus. Added parsley and scallions when serving it. Will keep it for special ocassions!!!! Thanks!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was amazing. I used all fresh herbs, which gave it great flavor. I?m a huge garlic fan, so I did tweak it a little bit by adding crushed garlic cloves to the shrimp while they were cooking. The cream didn?t thicken after a while, so I ended up using a little Wondra flour for sauces and gravies. I will definitely make this again. Great dish to serve for company or a special occasion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is one of my family's favorites! Personally I prefer rice to pasta in this dish, but both will go well. If the sauce or seafood is to bland for your taste simply add more basil or parsley. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe to be very bland and not much flavor. Had to add butter, lemon, more garlic, more cheese to make it have any flavor. Wouldn't even mess with it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wouldnt make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
HEAVENLY Delicious !!! Any recipe of Robert's that i have tried is Simply AWESOME !!! The guys that say it came out Bland or Soupy sorry but You must have done something wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed the recipe exactly. Absolutely delicious! Everyone had seconds! Served with angel hair pasta. Did not put pasta/sauce together but instead let everyone get their own pasta and scoop the amount of sauce scallops/shrimp they wanted.Worked great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was AMAZING!!! I loved all of the spices (used dried)!!! I made it just for my hubby & I - we both were very pleased. I had to adjust accordingly since it was for 2 - so I am not sure if I added less or more of one or the other. I kind of do things like Rachel - no real measuring. I miss Robert Irvine on Dinner Impossible!!! I truly wish he were back. Sucks about him over-stating his resume as the recipes he has are VERY GOOD!! Not that I don't like Michael Simon - just Robert had more attitude & emotion doing the show. If they had re-named the show to something else, I probably wouldn't compare. I hope Robert shows up on another show - many have made the same mistake as he did & were able to recover!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I still havent done it so i just gave it a 5 because it looks good, and i know its going to be good. when I make it ill post some thing els. Hope its easy to do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I changed the cream for condensed nonfat milk - it was delicious and healthier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce is very bland. The extra cheese is a must. I am not a fan of thyme so I would use less. I added red pepper flakes and garlic powder to give it more flavor. In the end with a lot of cheese it ended up pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very bland and has a water like consistency. My wife and I are disappointed because the picture looks nothing like reality. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was as good as I had hoped. I didn't mess with the strainer, I used dry herbs, I would maybe leave out the thyme next time or cut way back, I used regular onion, just less, and I also added salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste. This was great over hot pasta item not reviewed by moderator and published
the recipe has great flavor and is relatively easy for a white wine based sauce. however, it does take longer than the posted time to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe turned out really good! but mine turned out too soupy (good thing I didn't add all the sauce). I need to figure out how to thicken the sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We weren't wild about this one - pretty bland and the sauce wasn't very thick. Will not make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very good. I like salt, and still reduced the amount of essence and salt by about 1/2. At that it was very good and certainly salty enough. I added about 50 % more cream and only a bit of cooking water and it came out a perfect consistency. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious and quick--a wonderful mid-week treat. I have made it twice so far. The first time I roughed it--using it more for inspiration, but generally following the recipe. The second time I stuck to the recipe. Both were great. I do emphasize the garlic because I love it, but I don't think you can go wrong with this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe two times thus far. The first time I didn't have the right cheese, so I substituted with something in the refrigerator (PARMESAN). It was good then, but when I USED all the ingredients that were listed, it was AWESOME! THE CHEESE TOOK THE RECIPE UP TWO NOTCHES. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe very well, and the sauce was a huge disappointment. It was very bland, I ended up having to add a lot of salt and more garlic. It was overal an "ok" dish, but would not make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe was quite tasty. i personally would have like a bit of a stronger taste on the sauce. it was slightly bland, but still very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not to difficult and prepares faster than I expected. We added a little red pepper flakes to give it a little bit of heat, but we just like spicier foods. Excellent dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added a can of baby clams just as the sauce was thickening up. Oh my gawdd! Sooo delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was searching for a cream sauce to use with Salmon and this was perfect. I added capers for a bit of a zing and it was wonderful!! Thanks!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i thought it was very good, item not reviewed by moderator and published
Without, the sauce is a little bland (then again, it could be my salt-dependent taste buds). But the cheese saves it, and it's easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You may have had the heat too high, I've done that myself. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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