Brown-Buttered Scallops is a suprisingly easy, yet decadent meal that is perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any special occasion)!
Soooooo … what are the big plans for V-day? I have to be honest, I have flip-flop about whether I like Valentine’s Day or not….. On the one hand, it really does seem like it is a great ploy for retailers to guilt people into buying their products …. On the other hand, what’s wrong with a day set aside for telling people that you love them? Of all things, can’t we use a little more love in this world? I’m going to go with …..YES. Maybe then, it isn’t so much that I don’t like Valentine’s Day, I don’t necessarily like the commercial side of it. I don’t need chocolates and a stuffed teddy bear or even jewelry.
A homemade card – I am all about it. Some flowers to brighten my day – I am not going to say no. A home-cooked meal from someone I adore – hell to the yes. A home-cooked meal like, for instance, Brown-Buttered Scallops? Count me in.
Have you ever made scallops before? I think they intimidate people sometimes, for whatever reason, but they are suprisingly really easy to make. You only need 3 things: butter, scallops and a little salt. For reals. That’s it. So as you are thinking about what you want to make your sweet-ums for V-day, put this on your short list. You will thank me (and so will they).
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Enjoy your scallops (which weren’t as expensive as I thought they would be! FYI)
- 8-10 large sea scallops
- 3-5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1-2 Teaspoons kosher salt
- Place scallops on a paper towel or clean dish towel and pat dry.
- In large skillet, on medium heat, melt butter, moving around semi-continuously with a rubber spatula (despite the pictures, it is easier to brown butter in a light-colored pan so you can keep a closer eye on the color).
- As butter melts and the water starts to burn off, the butter will start to foam a bit. Continue to move around with spatula.
- Slowly, the color and smell will change - the color will turn from yellow to brownish and you will start to smell a nutty flavor.
- You will notice the milk solids, which won't burn off like the water, will start to form.
- When the color is a beautiful brown color and you really smell the nutty flavor, your butter is ready.
- You can either transfer the browned butter to a cast iron or simply use the same skillet to cook your scallops.
- Sprinkle a pinch of salt on each scallop.
- Place scallops in butter and let cook on medium heat for approx. 3 minutes.
- Flip scallops over and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- You know the scallops are done when they start to "crack" on top.
- Scrape the browned butter up with a spoon and spread over the top-side of the scallops.
- Serve immediately.