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Pan-Seared Scallops with Cilantro

Total Time
20 min
Prep
8 min
Cook
12 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Two things are important when searing any food: use a very hot skillet, and cook the food in small batches.
Ingredients

uncooked scallop(s)

1 pound(s)

chili powder

1 tsp

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

light butter

1 Tbsp, divided

cooking spray

1 spray(s)

water

¼ Tbsp

jalapeño pepper(s)

½ medium, seeded and minced

fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp

cilantro

2 Tbsp, minced

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle both sides of scallops with chili powder, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Melt 11⁄2 teaspoons butter in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add half of scallops; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove scallops from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and scallops.
  3. Add water, jalapeño pepper and lime juice to pan; cook 1 minute, scraping bottom and sides of pan to loosen browned bits. Spoon sauce over scallops; sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces scallops and about 2 tablespoons sauce).
Notes
The high heat seals in the juices so that the food browns quickly.

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