Have you tried... Scallops?

Scallop dredgers catch King and Queen scallops on areas of sandy seabed in offshore waters off the north coast. King scallops are large and flat, whilst Queen scallops (known as ‘Queenies’!) are smaller and rounder. Scallops are a delicacy and very rich in flavour, so for this recipe, you just need one or two to go alongside the other ingredients. Scallops have a sweet, delicate texture and flavour.

Scallops with Pea Risotto

Prep Time: 5 Mins
Cook Time: 30 Mins
Skill Level: Medium
Serves 4
  • 350g risotto rice
  • 16 fresh scallops (4x per person)
  • 750ml low sodium vegetable stock
  • 125g frozen peas
  • 100g parmesan, grated and a little extra to garnish
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Mixed leaves to serve
Scallops with Pea Risotto
  1. For the risotto, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan on a medium heat. Add the chopped shallots and cook for a few minutes until translucent.
  2. Add the risotto rice and toast for a minute or two, continuously moving around the pan, before adding the white wine.
  3. Stir well and then add the stock, one ladleful at a time, stirring until the risotto is a nice creamy consistency and the rice still has a good bite.
  4. Mix in the frozen peas and parmesan and gently heat until the peas are cooked through and the cheese has melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper and keep covered on a low heat until ready to serve.
  5. Just before serving, stir the lemon zest through the risotto (you can add a splash of stock to loosen the rice off if needed).
  6. To cook the scallops, heat the butter and 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pan on a high heat. Add the scallops to the pan, season with salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes (depending on size) on each side, or until golden brown.
  7. Serve seared scallops on a bed of the risotto, along with the mixed salad leaves, dressed with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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