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Scallops With Browned Butter & Capers

Pair with a fresh, acidic white wine - and enjoy with Friends!
Prep Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 8 Jumbo Scallops
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 TBSP Butter
  • 1.5 TSP Capers
  • 2 TSP Olive Oil Extra Virgin
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Fresh Cracked Peppercorn To Taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel the side muscle off of the scallops, and discard.
  • Pat your scallops dry with a paper towel, and season generously with kosher salt and freshly cracked peppercorn.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of high quality olive oil into a pan over medium-high heat. Wait until you see a small amount of smoke.
  • Place Scallops down in your pan. Since you are using Jumbo Scallops, sear for 3-4 minutes (Smaller scallops would require significantly less time). While searing, do not touch or move the scallops.
  • Carefully flip your scallop, and sear the other side for 1.5 minutes. If your scallop does not lift with ease, let it sear an additional 30 seconds and flip again.
  • Remove scallops from the pan. Carefully pour out your olive oil and any burnt material in the pan. Add butter to your hot, clean pan.
  • Stir butter as it bubbles and froths. Alternate between picking your pan up and letting it rest on the burner. Butter can go from browned to burnt in about 1 second, so it's best to be careful!
  • Once butter is browned, stir in capers and lemon juice. Whisk quickly.
  • Smother your scallops in the sauce. Serve with a great glass of wine.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

A quick note on kosher salt and freshly cracked peppercorn. 
A lot of people have different preferences when it comes to salt. I love sea salt, and I love kosher salt! I personally prefer the coarser grain, as I find it adds a ton of flavour. The same goes for freshly ground peppercorn.
However, there's nothing wrong with using table salt or pre-ground pepper. The pepper may have slightly-less flavour, but it all comes down to preferences. Use what you have on hand.