Sautéed Scallops with Peas in Lemon Tarragon Sauce 

Sautéed Scallops with Peas in Lemon Tarragon Sauce 

For this classic French sauté, plump scallops are seared in hot oil, then the pan is deglazed with liquid to release the brown bits clinging to it. Recipe courtesy of

  • Ingredients

    12 sea scallops (about 14 oz / 400 g)

    2 Tbsp canola oil (30 mL)

    1 small shallot, minced (1)

    1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (250 mL)

    1 lb fresh peas, shelled, or 1 cup frozen peas (thawed) (500 g)

    2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, preferably Meyer lemon (30 mL)

    1 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon (15 mL)

    1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper (1 mL)

  • Directions

    1. Rinse scallops, then pat dry with paper towels. Pull off the opaque muscle or “foot” on the side of each scallop (if it is there).

    2. In a 10-inch sauté pan, warm canola oil over medium-high heat. Add scallops and sear until golden brown on each side, turning once, about 3 minutes total.

    3. Transfer scallops to a plate and set aside. Add shallots to pan and sauté until golden, about 30 seconds. Pour in broth and let liquid come to a boil; stir in fresh peas, if using.

    4. Cover pan and simmer until peas are just tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and tarragon. Return scallops to pan, (if using thawed frozen peas, add them now), cover and cook until scallops are cooked through, about 2 minutes.

    5. Serve immediately, spooning peas and sauce over and around scallops. Season to taste with pepper. Serve with a brown rice-wild rice blend if desired.

Nutritional Analysis

Total Fat
8 g
Saturated Fat
0.5 g
15 mg
95 mg
21 g
6 g
15 g