Seared Scallops with Asian Lime-chile Sauce

READY IN: 26mins
Top Review by chia

the sauce makes this dish. i didn't bother with the skeweres, i just seared the scallops in the pan for about 5 minutes, spooned the sauce into the plates and served the scallops on top. quick, easy, and very tasty.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak skewers in water 30 minutes.
  2. Pound garlic, chile, and sugar to a fine paste with a mortar and pestle.
  3. Stir paste together with vinegar, fish sauce, water, and lime juice.
  4. (Alternatively, purée sauce ingredients together in a blender.) Pat scallops dry.
  5. Thread 4 on each skewer then brush both sides with oil (2 teaspoons total for 4 skewers).
  6. Season scallops with salt and pepper.
  7. Brush a 12-inch nonstick skillet with remaining teaspoon oil and heat over high heat until hot but not smoking.
  8. Sear scallops, turning over once, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes total.
  9. Serve scallops with sauce spooned over.
  10. Cooks' note: Sauce may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
  11. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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