Wrapping the scallops and vegetables in a “purse” of parchment paper means they steam together in the fragrant Asian-inspired sauce. To keep the butcher’s twine from burning in the oven, soak it in water for about 15 minutes before tying the bundles. Serve with brown rice or quinoa.
Frozen scallops and thin white fish fillets are real time-savers for busy weeknights, as they thaw in a flash and take just minutes to cook. If your fennel bulb comes with the green fronds attached, feel free to use them as a pretty garnish on the soup instead of the parsley. You can use any firm white-fleshed fish for this soup – Pacific cod is another great option.
Reusing ingredients in creative ways helps keep the number of items in a recipe down. Here, zesty lemon and pungent shallot infuse every element of this dish – the lentils, scallops and vibrant compote.
Delicately sweet scallops are complemented perfectly by a sweet and sour caponata made of seasoned tomatoes, onions and raisins. Creamy cauliflower is a less starchy stand-in for mashed potatoes.
A lightly sweet salad complements spicy pan-seared scallops perfectly in this 25-minute meal.
With a vibrant sauce and a bit of flair in its presentation, this dish looks and tastes great for so little effort. Scallops take literally minutes to cook, making them the perfect fast food when you need a touch of elegance in a flash.