Sugar-Seared Scallops

"This is a variation of a Recipezaar recipe for sugar-seared salmon (very tasty!). I decided to experiment with how I could make this recipe work with scallops because (1) I love the sweet, delicate taste of seared scallops; and (2) they were on sale. The results were great! I put them over rice, but you can put them over whatever you want... you can even put them over a nice romaine salad (you can chill the sauce and use it for dressing). Hope you enjoy, too. P.S. - I know it seems like this is an awful lot of butter to use, but you'll be making sauce with it, too."
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Ready In:
12-15 scallops




  • Mix together the sugar, salt, and curry powder.
  • In a medium skillet, heat the butter SLOWLY. Don't just throw the butter into a hot skillet or it'll brown, and you don't want that. You do, however, want to get the skillet good and hot so as to actually sear the scallops. You'll know it's ready when the butter begins to get bubbly.
  • As your butter's heating up, roll each scallop in the sugar/salt/curry mixture. Coat all sides.
  • If your butter's not hot enough yet, put them on a plate and wait until it's hot enough. If you put them into the skillet and it's not hot enough, your coating will not caramelize and it'll slide right off the scallops!
  • Sear the scallops for about 3-4 minutes on each side. With tons, transfer scallops to a plate when done; cover with aluminum foil. Leave the butter in the skillet.
  • Reduce heat on the skillet to medium (still bubbly, but not searing temp) and add the sour cream. Stir thoroughly and constantly as it cooks down into a sauce.
  • Put the scallops over rice.
  • Drizzle sauce over scallops.
  • Sprinkle chopped cilantro over entire dish.
  • Bask in the compliments you'll get from your dinner guests.

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