Monday, June 22, 2009

Turkish Style Seared Scallops (Türk Stili Tavada Tarak)

Seafood in general is enough to get me excited for a meal, especially when accompanied with a fresh, green salad and good bread. Seafood is light, nutritious and delicate which makes it attractive for any meal. Scallops, which I mostly prepare broiled or seared with wine are at the top of my seafood choices.

These particular scallops are prepared in a Turkish/Mediterranean style. The simplicity of the recipe allows me to cook them often. When served with rice pilaf and salad, scallops can make a filling and tasty meal.

6 large scallops
1 tbsp fresh or dried thyme
Juice of ½ lime
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp chopped parsley for garnishing
4 round slices of lime for garnishing

Rub the scallops with salt. Sprinkle the thyme, paprika, ground black pepper on both sides of the scallops. Keep in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate.

Heat olive oil in a large pan. Place the scallops in the oil. Cook each side for 4-5 minutes until the scallops are golden brown.

Arrange in a plate. Garnish with parsley and lime slices. Serve warm.

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Elra said...

Absolutely delicious. Love the paprika in there.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i havent had scallops in over two decades, sadly this kind of seafood in hania is for larger wallet sizes!

lisaiscooking said...

I love scallops, and these sound delicious with the lime and paprika!

Anonymous said...

I adore scallops and would love to try this delicious preparation! thanks!

History of Greek Food said...

I love how you prepared this scallop dish. Simple, light and full of Mediterranean flavors.

My Turkish Kitchen said...

Eline saglik, oyle hazir tabakta yenmegi bekliyor, onu yiyen ben olsaydim:)

Shangri La Food said...

This looks amazing

Reeni♥ said...

These sound great with thyme and paprika! A nice summer meal!

Summer said...

very simple and looks delicious.

thenomadGourmand said...

scallops! I like!! but its expensive here in Msia..

zerrin said...

Nihal, this kind of scallops are new to me. I love seafoods with a green salad, but never tried this one. It looks so appealing in this picture.