Ocean's Elegance: Seared Scallops in a Luscious Sun-Dried Tomato Cream


 Embark on a marine culinary voyage with perfectly seared scallops, their tender, sweet flesh contrasted beautifully by a rich, velvety sun-dried tomato cream sauce. This dish is a testament to the ocean's treasures, elevated by the intense flavors of the Mediterranean.

Photo of a plate showcasing perfectly seared scallops, glistening in the sun-dried tomato cream sauce, garnished with basil leaves and grated Parmesan, set against a rustic backdrop.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: 4-5 scallops per person with a lavish drizzle of sauce

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 310 kcal per serving
  • Proteins: 20g
  • Fats: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sodium: 380mg
  • Fiber: 2g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Fresh scallops: 500 grams (16-20 scallops)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes (chopped): 100 grams
  • Heavy cream: 200ml
  • Fresh garlic (minced): 20 grams
  • White wine: 100ml
  • Fresh basil (chopped): 20 grams
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Salt: 5 grams
  • Freshly ground black pepper: 5 grams
  • Grated Parmesan: 50 grams for garnish
Photo of the preparation process: fresh scallops on a plate, bowls of sun-dried tomatoes, minced garlic, and heavy cream, all arranged on a wooden countertop with a Mediterranean ambiance.

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Pat scallops dry and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the scallops until they develop a golden crust, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add garlic and sauté until aromatic.
  4. Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and stir for a minute.
  5. Deglaze the pan with white wine, allowing it to reduce by half.
  6. Pour in the heavy cream, stirring continuously until a smooth sauce forms.
  7. Return the scallops to the skillet, letting them bathe in the sauce for a couple of minutes.
  8. Garnish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan before serving.
Photo of a skillet on a stove, with the sun-dried tomato cream sauce simmering, a spoon drizzling the sauce over seared scallops, and steam rising, evoking warmth and aroma.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

Ensure the scallops are dry before searing to achieve a perfect crust.
For an added flavor dimension, sprinkle some chili flakes into the sauce.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of sun-dried? While fresh tomatoes can be used, sun-dried tomatoes offer a concentrated flavor that is key to this dish.
  • What wine pairs well with this dish? A crisp Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio complements the creamy sauce and scallops beautifully.