Scallops with Apple Pan Sauce

This recipe for scallops in a simple apple pan sauce is great for special occasions, or when you just want to add a little class to dinner without the added effort.

Scallops with Apple Pan Sauce

Photo by Charlene F.

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  • 2

    Granny Smith apples

  • 2

    tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 12

    large sea scallops (about 1 pound), side muscle removed

  • kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon unsalted butter

  • ¼

    cup hearty sprouts (such as daikon or sunflower) or pea shoots


Core 1 apple; cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a blender with lemon juice and 1/4 cup water; purée until smooth. Strain juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl. Peel, core, and cut remaining apple into 1/4-inch cubes. Add to bowl. Set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season scallops with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook scallops until golden brown and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm. Add butter to skillet. Cook, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Add reserved apple mixture and cook, stirring often, until juice is thickened and apple pieces are tender, about 4 minutes. Spoon over scallops; top with sprouts and season with salt and pepper.


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