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Caramelized Scallops

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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2-teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 5 teaspoons water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2-teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 large sea scallops (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • 2 lime wedges

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Preparation

Step 1

Directions:
Combine ½-teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon water, fish sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small bowl.
Combine remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons water in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking 2 minutes or until golden (do not stir). Remove from heat; carefully add fish sauce mixture, stirring constantly. Keep warm.
Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle black pepper over scallops; add scallops to pan. Cook 1½- minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Add sauce; toss well. Sprinkle with mint. Serve with lime.
Wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas: Steam 6 ounces sugar snap peas 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; place in bowl. Add ¼-teaspoon salt, ¼-teaspoon black pepper, and ½- teaspoon toasted sesame oil to peas; toss well. Sprinkle with ¼-teaspoon toasted sesame seeds.
Serve with wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas.

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