Sauteed Scallops with a Spicy Piquillo Pepper Puree

Total Time:
30 min
30 min

4 to 6 servings

  • Piquillo Pepper Puree:
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 2 medium serrano peppers
  • 8 large piquillo peppers (1 jar)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon smoked, spicy pimenton
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Spanish extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Scallops:
  • 20 large sea scallops
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Sprig fresh thyme
  • Puree: Roughly chop the onions, garlic, peppers, piquillos, and cilantro; then add all puree ingredients into a food processor, except the olive oil and salt and pepper. Pulse several times until all ingredients have been finely diced. Once finely diced, slowly drizzle olive oil into food processor, while pulsing. Taste, add salt and pepper, as needed. Remove puree from processor and add to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low.

  • Scallops: Pat and dry scallops with paper towels; lightly season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Heat olive oil and butter in large skillet over very high heat. In batches, cook scallops until golden brown and opaque throughout, about 2 minutes per side.

  • Plate scallops on a white rectangular plate, lightly drizzle plate and scallops with piquillo pepper puree. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve.

  • A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.

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