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Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Herbed Orzo and Parmesan


Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Herbed Orzo and Parmesan
Serves 4
Acini di pepe (which is similar to orzo, but smaller), ditalini pasta (larger than orzo), and small orecchiette all work well with this recipe and perform well hot or cold.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds sea scallops, untreated and tendon removed
  2. 2 teaspoons salt, separated
  3. ¾ teaspoon white pepper
  4. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  5. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1 pound orzo
  7. 5 cups vegetable stock
  8. ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  9. ½ cup chives, chopped
  10. 1 cup parmesan cheese, shaved
Instructions
  1. ►Arrange scallops on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels. Place more paper towels on top of scallops, then top with another large rimmed baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes to absorb excess moisture.
  2. ►Remove top baking sheet and towels from scallops. Season with salt and pepper. Working in three batches, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil per batch in non-stick skillet over high heat until smoking. Place of scallops around the circumference of the pan, flat side down for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat and transfer to plate or baking dish. Repeat these steps, allowing the pan and oil to reheat before starting each batch.
  3. ►After the final batch, wipe pan clean with paper towel. Set heat to medium- high and add olive oil. Once oil is shimmering, add orzo and stir until coated with oil, then add vegetable stock and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until orzo is al dente and almost all the liquid is dissolved, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. ►Transfer orzo to serving platter, arrange scallops on top, and finish with pine nuts, chives, and parmesan. Serve with a side of lemon slices if desired.
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Elle Simone Scott

Elle Simone Scott is a chef, food stylist, culinary producer, and the founder of SheChef, Inc., an organization that provides opportunities to young women of color who aspire to work in the culinary field.

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