I’m a big fan of Seafood, often choosing it as my main protein in a meal. The majority of my friends love shrimp and a handful love cooking with crab, especially Maryland crab.
As for me, my go to seafood is scallops. Why? Thaws out quickly, cooks in a few minutes and adapts well to many flavor profiles.
I recently returned from a month in Asia, where the street smells smack you in the face and your tastebuds tango with sweet and spicy. A few Thai meals during last month’s adventure reminded me how much I missed the sweet, sticky and completely addictive Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.
Those meals jogged my memory of one of my favorite dishes while leaving and working in Thailand. One of my favorite and go to meals was a medley of garlic, lime, Thai Chili and chicken. Once I discovered Thai chili sauce, it was my go to dipping sauce; replacing my Heinz ketchup. I know, crazy but true.
My go to dish in Thailand is the inspiration of my recipe. It’s an easy recipe to make, little prep time, easy kitchen cleanup and it’s sure to cause you to do a little tango in your home — or at least in your mouth.
Chili – Lime Pan Seared Scallops recipe can be served as an appetizer, turned into a main meal or as an amuse-bouche.
Enjoy any way you serve it.
1 1/2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter – Room Temperature
2 Limes (1 lime – grate onto soft butter. The other lime – cut into small wedges)
1/2 tsp. finely chopped Serrano Chili Pepper *Wear gloves.
1/2 tsp. finely diced Garlic
8 tsp. Thai Chili Sauce (in a bottle/jar) **choose based on dark red color
Salt & Pepper to taste
- Remove frozen scallops from freezer. Place 2 paper towels on dish, place scallops on top of the paper towels. Wait until they are semi thaw, cover with plastic wrap, then place them the refrigerator.
- Finely chop/dice Serrano Chili Peppers with rubber gloves on. Your eyes will send me a thank you card because you will inadvertently touch them when not using gloves.
- Finely dice the garlic.
- Dice the scallion.
- Grate the peel of 1 lime into the butter. Mix well with a fork. Add the garlic, and Serrano Chili Peppers.
- Turn on burner to Medium-High heat & place the EMPTY pan on the burner.
- Season both sides of the scallops with light S&P.
- Once the pan is hot (a few minutes), add 1 Tbsp of Lime/Serrano/Garlic butter to the pan.
- Place the Scallops in the pan – do NOT crowd the scallops.
- The size of the scallops – depends the cooking time. My scallops took 1 1/2 minutes per side. ***I know you will want to mess with them, check them, pick them up…shelf the curiosity for now. Plenty of time in other recipes.
- Heat up via stove or microwave the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.
- Turn the scallops ONCE. ******They should look golden brown with a carmarlized appearance on each side.
- Spread out on a plate (see my picture) 1 teaspoon of Thai Chili Sauce per scallop.
- Using tongs, place 1 scallop on each circle of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.
- Place a smidgen of lime/serrano/garlic butter on top of each scallop.
- Place the wedges in between each scallop.
- Lightly dust with diced scallion.
***squeeze a lime wedge over your scallop and enjoy.
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