Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is so amazing! This recipe is for an appetizer but I served it with pasta tossed with a little butter and parmesan. It made enough for 3 or 4 servings when used that way. Source: Food Network Kitchens cookbook
- 1 ounce bacon, cut crosswise into thin pieces
- 8 (1 inch) sea scallops, foot removed, if necessary, and patted dry
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 cup dry white vermouth
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until crisp but not dry and drain on a piece of paper towel. Leave 1 tablespoon of the drippings in the pan (there probably won't be much more than that, but discard any extra if there is).
- Season the scallops with salt and pepper, to taste. Increase the heat under the skillet to medium-high, add the butter, and sear the scallops until brown and glossy, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops to a plate and set aside.
- Remove pan from heat and add the vermouth and lemon juice. Now return the skillet to the heat and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook until reduced by half. Stir in the water.
- While the sauce reduces, slice the scallops in half vertically. Slip them into the reduced sauce with the tarragon, parsley, and bacon bits and give the skillet a swirl to bring everything together. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Divide the scallops with their sauce among small plates or Asian soup spoons and serve immediately.