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Baked Scallops, Seared Tournedos With Artichoke, Asparagus


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  • 8 large sea scallops trimmed of foot at
  • the base of each scallop
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg (or a few pinches ground nutmeg)
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • A handful flat-leaf parsley leaves chopped
  • A drizzle olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tournedos/ 1" to 1 1/4" thick (fillets of beef steaks)
  • Grill seasoning blend to taste (or coarse salt and cracked black pepper)
  • 2 slices good-quality white slicing bread toasted, buttered
  • 1/2 cup Madeira or Sherry
  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon chopped, 1 tbspn
  • 1 pound thin asparagus spears tender tips cut
  • into 2" pieces
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts - (15 oz) drained
  • 1/4 lemon juiced
  • A drizzle extra-virgin oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • Buttered toast
  • Edible flowers for garnish (available in fresh herb section of produce department)


Servings 2


Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Toss scallops with melted butter, garlic, shallots, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Transfer to shallow casserole dish. Combine extra-virgin olive oil and bread crumbs. Scatter bread crumbs over scallops and place in the casserole. Bake scallops 10 to 12 minutes or until bread crumbs are deep golden and scallops are opaque.

Heat a small skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Coat pan with oil and butter and add room temperature fillet of beef steaks. Meat will sear in hot pan. Cook beef 4 minutes on each side for medium. Season meat with grill seasoning or coarse salt and pepper once meat is fully cooked so the salt will not draw out juices prematurely. Let meat rest 5 minutes for juices to redistribute.

Return pan to heat and deglaze, using liquid to combine any pan drippings. Add Madeira, reduce by half, and add tarragon to the pan. Set aside.

Steam asparagus tips in 1/4-inch boiling water for 3 minutes and drain. Return tips to warm pan and combine with drained artichoke hearts, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Heat mixture through and remove from stove.

To serve, place steaks on buttered toast and drizzle with Madeira sauce. Gently transfer 4 baked scallops to platters and finish plates with lemon dressed artichoke hearts and asparagus tips. Edible flowers make a delicate, colorful garnish.

This recipe yields 2 servings.

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