Pan Seared Scallops With Cauliflower and Balsamic Syrup

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe is from the Auberge du Soleil Spa, Napa Valley, CA. A fabulous light dish, the combinations of flavors and textures, sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy are fantastic! (The cooking time includes the balsamic reduction)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Reduce balsamic vinegar over low heat until it is the consistency of syrup, about 1/4 cup.
  2. Keep warm.
  3. Cook cauliflower florets for about one minute in boiling salted water, then put on ice to stop the cooking and retain color.
  4. Reserve one cup of the florets.
  5. Put the other cup into a saucepan, cover it with 1/4 cup of cream and cook for about 8 minutes.
  6. Puree in a blender or push through a fine sieve and keep warm.
  7. Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small sauté pan, and when heated add the scallops that have been seasoned with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook over moderately high heat, high enough to get a nice caramelized sear, on each side for 1-3 minutes, until cooked through.
  9. In another small sauté pan, brown 1 1/2 tablespoons butter slightly, then add the cup of florets that were not pureed.
  10. Cook for one minute or two browning the cauliflower slightly.
  11. Add the toasted, slivered almonds, then the capers, golden raisins and chopped parsley.
  12. Season with salt and pepper.
  13. In the center of a plate, put half the cauliflower puree.
  14. Arrange the cauliflower-caper-raisin mixture on top of the puree as a bed for the scallops.
  15. Top with half the scallops, then drizzle the plate with the reduced balsamic vinegar.
  16. Repeat with second plate.
Most Helpful

Oh my, was this ever delicious! Not only that, but it looks like you could serve it in a restaurant. It's both beautiful and tasty! We will make this again (as soon as sea scallops go on sale). Thanks for posting!

Paris D April 07, 2013

The most satisfying recipe that i've found on this website.

AshyBrian October 29, 2010

Awesome recipe. I had this entree in San Francisco and was thrilled to find the recipe online.

samgansebom March 19, 2009