Seared Scallops With Lemon Vanilla Sauce
Makes 2 servings. Recipe is by Cynthia L. Nobles, who says, “Although vanilla is typically used in desserts, a dash of its natural sweetness makes it a surprisingly good complement to shellfish.”
3 tbls. butter, divided
2 tsps. freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ tsp. minced fresh thyme
¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
8 large sea scallops
2 tsps. olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper
1. To make sauce, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and stir constantly until butter just starts to turn brown, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and thyme and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and set aside.
2. Rinse scallops and blot dry. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil over medium-high heat until very hot, but butter has not yet turned color.
3. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Place in skillet, being careful that they don’t touch. Sear 2-3 minutes. Turn scallops over and sear another 2-3 minutes. (Scallops should be browned with crispy edges on both sides). Remove pan from heat and transfer cooked scallops to a plate. Top with sauce and serve immediately.