Scallops & Sweet Peas

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Scallops & Sweet Peas

Scallops & Sweet Peas

Large, sweet sea scallops marry well with peas and thyme adds a contrasting herbal note.

Serves 4

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 cups shelled fresh peas (3 pounds unshelled), or frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 pounds large dry sea scallops, (about 12), tough muscle removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 2 cups pea shoots, (optional; see Tip)
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Working over a small bowl, rub thyme leaves between your palms until finely powdered. Place a large steamer basket in a Dutch oven; add water to just below the steamer bottom. Add peas to the steamer; top with scallops in a single layer, touching each other as little as possible. Sprinkle with the powdered thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Step 2

Cover the pot and place over high heat. When steam begins to escape, start timing. Steam for 3 minutes. Add pea shoots (if using), cover and continue steaming until the scallops are just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from the heat.

Step 3

Meanwhile, whisk oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl until combined. Spoon the scallops, peas and pea shoots (if using) onto a serving platter, drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.


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