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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Scallops on the half shell with chilli clarified butter

Scallops on the half shell with chilli clarified butter

I adore scallops but don't often make them at home. Not sure why since they are extremely easy to cook, delicious and look very impressive if you serve them on their own shells (I like a food that provides its own serving plate). 

The Lurpak Cooking Liquid is perfect for cooking fast and at high heat – these scallops can go from pan to dinner table in a matter of minutes. The clarified butter makes a delicious dressing equally quickly and it tastes amazing - prepare to mop up any juices with bread and lick your fingers surreptitiously afterwards!

Don't throw the shells away after you finish with the scallops. Wash and keep them for serving canapés or use them in the garden as decorative mulching.

Scallops with chilli butter

Scallops on the half shell with chilli clarified butter 
Serves 4-6
12 scallops on half shell
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced in a garlic press
1/2 small bunch coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
Juice of 1/2 lime
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Limes, quartered to serve

Prepare the sauce
1. Add the clarified butter in a small saucepan and heat until it melts. 
2. Add the chopped chilli, garlic and coriander and cook for a couple of minutes.
3. Add the lime juice and season to taste. Set aside.

For the scallops
1. Season the scallops with salt and pepper. 
2. Wash and dry the shells and then place on a tray in a warm oven (the oven part is optional).
2. Squeeze a generous amount of the Cooking Liquid over the surface of a large pan. Heat until smoking.
3. Add the scallops, in batches if necessary, and sear for a couple of minutes on each side. 
4. Place the scallops on the shells using tongs.
5. Spoon about a tablespoon of the sauce over each one and season.
6. Serve hot with some quartered limes on the side.

Notes: the coriander can be replaced with parsley and lime with lemon if you prefer. 

This post was sponsored by Lurpak as part of Lurpak #FoodAdventures.

Scallops on the half shell with chilli clarified butter
Scallops with chilli butter


  1. I don't like scallops but my husband loves them. So I may attempt this recipe for him.

  2. They look incredible! I've never eaten scallops but have been wanting to try them for ages.

  3. I adore this presentation! Pity scallops in the shell are so hard to find around here.

  4. Love scallops but I rarely get the cooking time correct... thanks for the info.

  5. This both looks and sounds divine. I love fresh scallops and this recipe has definitely given me the incentive to buy some.