Seared scallops with edamame puree
1¾ cup(s), frozen
⅓ cup(s), warmed
1 item(s), halved
1½ pound(s), (16 large), patted dry
- Bring small saucepan of water to boil over high heat. Add edamame and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until edamame are tender, about 10 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove 1/4 cup of edamame and reserve.
- Transfer half of remaining 1 1/2 cups edamame with 1 cup water to blender. Add half-and-half, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and process until it forms smooth, thick puree, adding a bit more water if needed. Return puree to saucepan and add juice from half lemon, stirring to combine. Keep warm over very low heat.
- Sprinkle scallops with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Add 8 scallops and sear until deep golden brown and barely translucent in center, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer scallops to plate and loosely cover with sheet of foil. Cook remaining 8 scallops.
- Spoon edamame puree evenly onto 4 plates and top each serving with 4 scallops. Sprinkle with reserved edamame and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cut remaining lemon half into 4 wedges and place alongside scallops.
- Per serving: 4 scallops, 1/2 cup puree, and 1 tablespoon edamame