Bay Scallops With Balsamic and Basil

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Serve over fine egg noodles or rice. For best results, use fresh (not dried ) basil.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a skillet over medium high heat, melt butter and saute the shallots and garlic in the butter, stirring frequently, until tender.
  2. Add scallops and basil to the skillet and saute for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add vinegar, sugar, pepper and salt (if needed) and saute an additional 2-3 minutes or until the scallops are opaque.
  4. Serve immediately over fine noodles or rice.


Most Helpful

I've never cooked scallops with balsamic vinegar before, but it was a very nice touch! I did adjust the recipe a bit to make it more flavorful and colorful based on previous comments. Here's what I did: 1. Added approx 1/3 cup of Sun Dried Tomatoes 2. Added a third clove of garlic 3. Mixed fresh basil in after I pulled the scallops from the heat. I cook quite a bit with basil and I find that the flavor gets pulled out of it the longer it cooks. I prefer it not cooked at all. All this over a bed of angel hair pasta and it was PERFECT! I will definitely make again.

Jason - Monroe, WA February 10, 2008

I did use dried basil as that's all I had on hand but it looked rather colorless so I threw in a cup of frozen peas.

Julie B's Hive May 11, 2007

It was good but I couldn't really taste the basil, even that I used fresh. I will try it next time with dried basil and see if the flavour comes through more.

Irmgard August 05, 2006

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