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Pan Seared Scallops with Citrus & Shallot Butter

Prep Time - 5 minutes | Time To Make - 15 minutes

Seared scallops are a wonderful mild, buttery pairing with our 2022 Morning Fog Chardonnay, a wine with a citrusy aroma and notes of green apple complemented by hints of toasty oak and vanilla from barrel-aging. This wine is balanced by a lingering minerality and natural acidity that highlights the seafood’s natural sweetness. This recipe comes together quickly and will be an impressive meal for a night in or entertaining.

Ingredients

Seared Scallops

24 wild U-15 scallops
1½ teaspoons sea salt
¼ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
4 tablespoons salted butter
2 tablespoons avocado oil

Citrus & Shallot Butter

1 stick salted butter
4-5 shallots, minced (about ½ cup)
⅓ cup Morning Fog Chardonnay
⅓ cup freshly squeezed orange or clementine juice

For Finishing

Meyer lemon juice
Thyme leaves
Citrus, cut in wedges or slices
Flaky sea salt
Olive oil
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Instructions

1
Rinse the scallops and remove the side muscles if attached. Pat dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
2
For the citrus and shallot butter, melt the stick of butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shallots, stir, and cook until softened about 2 minutes. Add the chardonnay, stir, and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and cool for 2 minutes.
3
While whisking the butter mixture, slowly pour in the orange juice until combined. Cover to keep warm until ready to serve.
4
For the scallops, heat 4 tablespoons butter and the oil in a separate large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, add the scallops in a single layer, leaving an inch of space between each. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes without flipping, until a golden crust forms. Flip and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the outside is browned and the scallops are opaque throughout. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining scallops.
5
To serve, pour the warm citrus butter over the scallops. Finish with a squeeze of meyer lemon juice, thyme, citrus wedges, and a touch of flaky sea salt, and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!

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