30 Minutes or It’s Free

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking dinner and at the same time don’t really want to go out. What are you to do? Delivery!

I live in suburbia, so I have plenty of delivery options. There are dozens of pizza places, a few Chinese places, Jimmy Johns and even a couple of third-party delivery services that will joyfully bring tasty meals to my door.

Those that are in more remote locations have many fewer options. There is no more of a remote place, than the International Space Station. Luckily, they could get delivery too.

In 1991, Pizza Hut delivered a pizza to Cosmonaut Yuri Usachov on the International Space Station. There was no mention if Yuri tipped the delivery guy or not. Read more on it here.

Seared Sea Scallops with Browned Butter Caper Sauce

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Yuri can have is pizza, I’ll take these delicious scallops!

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Very few ingredients to this one.

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The real key here is melt and brown the butter without it burning. Keep your eye on it.

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Nothing is better to give a sear on something than a cast iron pan, unless it is the Wearever CastLite.

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Such awesome flavor!

Seared Sea Scallops with Browned Butter Caper Sauce

prep 5 minutes ∙ cook 25 minutes ∙ makes 3 to 4 ∙ source Simplyrecipes.com

  • 6 Tbsp (3 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil, rice bran oil, or other high smoke point oil
  • 1 pound sea scallops (about a dozen)*
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp capers, drained
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest


1 Brown the butter. Cut up the butter into pieces (a tablespoon each or so) and place in a stainless steel saucepan. Melt the butter on medium heat. Allow the butter to foam up and recede. Watch carefully. After a few minutes, the milk solids will form and sink to the bottom. Once the milk solids begin to turn caramel-colored brown, the butter will have a lovely nutty aroma. Remove from heat and pour the browned butter into a separate bowl to stop the cooking. (Pay attention. If you wait too long, you’ll have blackened butter, not browned butter.) Set aside.

2 Remove the “foot” of the scallop from each scallop. (The foot is a small tough piece of meat that attaches the scallop to the shell.) Pat dry the scallops.

3 Heat the oil in a cast iron pan or hard-anodized aluminum sauté pan on high heat. When the oil is shimmery hot (not quite smoking hot, but close), pat dry the scallops again and carefully place them in the pan, flat side down. (If the oil gets so hot that it does begin to smoke, remove the pan from the heat, and turn down the heat a notch before returning the pan to the burner.) You may need to work in batches so you don’t crowd the pan.

Once you’ve placed the scallops in the pan, do not move them. Allow them to sear. Once you can see that the edges of the scallops touching the pan have browned, use tongs to turn the scallops over and sear the other side. Depending on the size of the scallops and the heat of your burner, this should take 3 to 4 minutes per side. Once both sides are browned, remove the scallops to a warm plate, and turn off the burner.

4 Pour out the remaining oil from the pan, leaving any browned bits in the pan. Add the white wine to the pan and return the pan to the burner on high heat. Let the wine boil and reduce until you have 2 tablespoons of liquid left in the pan. Then turn off the heat, add the capers, lemon zest, and browned butter to the pan. Swirl to combine.

5 Place scallops on serving plates and pour sauce over them. Serve immediately.

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Categories: Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Recipes, Seafood, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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3 Comments on “30 Minutes or It’s Free”

  1. December 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    This one is a keeper! Thank you!


  2. December 28, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Its too early for my mouth to be watering like this, LOL! This looks great!


  3. January 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Wonderfull; scallops are my favorites and this recipe brings the best of them


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