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Friday, December 31, 2010

Easy canapes: Seared scallops

Can you believe it's the end of another decade? It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming in the noughties.

Tonight you'll find me around Sydney Harbour with 1.5 million of my closest friends. I've spent New Years Eve in New York Times Square and on London's Westminster Bridge beneath Big Ben, but I still rate the fireworks spectacular around Sydney Harbour as the best NYE party in the world.

And you can't have a party without canapes, right? I served these seared scallops at our family Christmas lunch, an easy recipe that takes minutes to prepare.

Happy New Year everyone! How will you be celebrating New Years Eve?

Easy seared scallops with ginger and soy

12 scallops
2 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoon Japanese rice vinegar
2.5 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
2 shallots finely sliced

Combine the light soy, rice vinegar, caster sugar and ginger in a bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Taste and adjust the soy and vinegar if necessary. You may also add a little water if you prefer to dilute it.

Pat dry your scallops and sear in a hot saucepan with oil until browned. They should only take about thirty seconds to one minute to do. Take care not to overcrowd the pan and remember that the scallops will continue cooking after you remove them from the heat so aim for a little bit under.

Place each scallop onto a porcelain spoon, then pour over a little of the soy dressing and garnish with a sprinkle of shallots.
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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/31/2010 01:51:00 am


  • At 12/31/2010 2:25 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    woohoo happy new year! here's to another year of awesome eats!

  • At 12/31/2010 2:48 am, Anonymous eatmarvin said…

    Happy New Year to you Helen! Those Seared Scallops look fantastic! But tonight I'd probably be also in Darling Harbour with a Chicken Kebab. I wish you all the best in 2011!

  • At 12/31/2010 3:28 am, Blogger Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said…

    An early happy new year to you! And lots more yummy stuff in keeping with the beautiful seared scallops above =)

  • At 12/31/2010 5:53 am, Blogger Gourmet Getaway said…

    Happy New Year to you!

    This is exactly what I need after the Christmas feasting, something easy delicious and light.


  • At 12/31/2010 8:20 am, Blogger Shanks said…

    Gorgeous canapes - I love scallops.
    Have fun braving it with you 1.5M close friends. Happy Food Year!!

  • At 12/31/2010 9:27 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood.com said…

    You'll find me dozing off at 10.30pm on the lounge at home! I'm loving your recipes Helen!
    Happy New Year!

  • At 12/31/2010 9:40 am, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    excellent looking canape. i'll be adding this one to my recipe list for sure :-) have a great NYE with your 1.5 Million friends!

  • At 12/31/2010 9:43 am, Anonymous Jacq said…

    happy new year helen! I don't think I'm going to brave the crowds to watch the fireworks this year but hope you have a great time!

  • At 12/31/2010 12:26 pm, Blogger Stephcookie said…

    Yum! I always love fresh scallops and these look like a great way to serve them. Happy New Year Helen!

  • At 12/31/2010 12:41 pm, Anonymous Dolly said…

    happy new year helen..

    looks so easyyy... yummm :)

  • At 12/31/2010 1:04 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Happy New Year!!! I've never cooked with scallops before, but you do manage to make it look easy!

    I'd so like to just stay home and avoid all the drunkenness and forced happiness, but I'm going to a friend's place for drinks then potentially into the city, so fingers crossed I manage to have some fun... :P

  • At 12/31/2010 1:35 pm, Blogger msihua said…

    Scallops are the best !!! Have a merry time with your 1.5 million friends watching the fireworks!!!

  • At 12/31/2010 3:48 pm, Blogger Monica ^o^ said…

    Happy New Year Helen !! And hope you get a great view of the fireworks tonight :)

  • At 12/31/2010 4:30 pm, Anonymous Linh said…

    Happy New Year! Looking fwd to yr post & pics ofthe NYE fireworks. Wishing u many more feasting adventures and memorable meals with family & friends in 2011. :-)

  • At 1/01/2011 1:48 pm, Anonymous sara @ Belly Rumbles said…

    Happy New Year!! Seared scallops, perfect with champagne :)

  • At 1/01/2011 7:26 pm, Anonymous Nic@diningwithastud said…

    Happy new year! They look amazing. Iv always been to scared to do scallops but this def makes me want to try. The dressings so easy :)

  • At 1/01/2011 10:49 pm, Anonymous divemummy said…

    I can attest these were delicious - I wish I'd had more than one - maybe you'll cook them for my birthday ; )

  • At 1/02/2011 12:02 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Thank you everyone for your comments and lovely wishes.

    Hi eatmarvin - A kebab sounds like a very appropriate way to farewell the year!

    Hi John - lol. You should schedule a nanna nap next year so you can stay up til midnight :)

    Hi Sara - I like your thinking!

    Hi Nic - I love making simple food - more time for eating.

    Hi divemummy - No worries! :)


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