Recipe

Grilled Sea Scallops with Cilantro & Black Bean Sauce

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Recipe Information

Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6, about 4 scallops and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce each

Chinese fermented black beans are stir-fried with garlic and ginger for these succulent scallops.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fermented black beans (see Note) or 1 tablespoon black bean-garlic sauce (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated or minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup Shao Hsing rice wine (see Note) or Japanese sake
  • 1/4 cup mirin, (see Note)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, stems trimmed, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds (24-30) large dry sea scallops, (see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste

Equipment

Six 10-inch skewers

Preparation

  1. If using fermented black beans, place them in a small bowl, cover with water and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until light golden and fragrant, 30 to 45 seconds. Add the black beans (or black bean-garlic sauce) and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Carefully pour in rice wine (or sake), mirin and sesame oil; lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, lightly crushing the black beans, until the liquid is reduced by about half, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Preheat grill to high.
  4. Put cilantro, lemon juice and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a blender; process until smooth. Transfer the marinade to a large bowl, add scallops and gently toss to coat with the marinade. Divide the scallops among 6 skewers, spacing about 1/2 inch apart. Season with pepper (discard marinade). Oil the grill rack. Grill the scallops until golden and crisp on the edges and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with the black bean sauce and garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Nutritional Information

196 calories, 6 g. fat, 37 mg. cholesterol, 183 mg. sodium, 8 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 20 g. protein, 0 g added sugars