Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Scallops, Okra, and Tomatoes in Coconut Curry Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 pound small fresh okra

1 pound plum tomatoes

1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 small onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove, chopped

1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, chopped

2 to 3 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeno chile (including seeds)

1 cup low-sodium fat-free chicken broth

1 1/4 pounds sea scallops, tough muscle removed from side of each, if necessary

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons vegetable oil, plus 1/2 teaspoon

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (preferably Madras)

2/3 cup well-stirred canned reduced-fat coconut milk

1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Trim tops of okra, being careful not to cut into pods.
  2. Cut an X in bottom of each tomato and immerse tomatoes in a 2-quart saucepan of boiling water for 10 seconds. Transfer tomatoes with a slotted spoon (save boiling water) to a bowl of ice and cold water to cool, then peel. Add 1 tablespoon salt to boiling water, then add okra and cook, uncovered, until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain okra in a colander, then plunge into same ice water to stop cooking. Drain okra and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Quarter tomatoes lengthwise and seed, then cut each quarter lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide strips.
  4. Puree onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno (to taste), and 1/4 cup chicken broth in a blender.
  5. Pat scallops dry and sprinkle with pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Brush a 12-inch nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon oil and heat over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke. Brown scallops in 2 batches, turning once, about 4 minutes total. Transfer scallops as browned with tongs to a plate and keep warm, covered with foil. (Scallops will not be cooked through.)
  6. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to skillet and reduce heat to moderate. Add puree carefully (it may splatter), then add curry powder. Boil, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and remaining 3/4 cup broth and bring to a simmer. Add tomato strips and simmer, stirring frequently, until tomatoes are softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper.
  7. Stir in scallops and okra and simmer until scallops are just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Divide scallops, vegetables, and sauce among 4 plates and sprinkle with cilantro.
  8. Serving Suggestion: Spiced basmati rice .

Cook’s Note

Tomatoes can be peeled, seeded, and cut into strips 4 hours ahead, then kept, covered, at room temperature. Okra can be blanched and refreshed 4 hours ahead and chilled in a sealed plastic bag with a paper towel.

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