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eating this: scallops with meyer lemon beurre blanc

06.14.12

Do you love scallops? I LOVE scallops!!! And I’ve made this recipe a handful of times. It’s easy, impressive, and delish.

All you do is make the beurre blanc, cook the scallops for a few minutes and you’ve done it.

I don’t know if meyer lemons are everywhere, but this could totally just be swapped for regular lemons and just have less of that tartness. The original recipe says it’ll take 6 lemons for the sauce. I’ve found multiple times that it only takes 4, maybe they’re just super juicy here.

Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc (adapted from myrecipes)

2/3 cup fresh meyer lemon juice (4-6 meyer lemons)
1/3 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 thyme sprigs
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
cooking spray
1 1/2 pounds dry sea scallops
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat; discard thyme sprigs. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, stirring constantly with a whisk until butter is thoroughly incorporated. Strain mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl, pressing to release all of the sauce; discard solids. Stir in sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle both sides of scallops evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add scallops to pan; cook 2 minutes. Turn scallops over; cook 1 minute or until desired degree of doneness. Serve scallops with sauce; sprinkle with chopped thyme.

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