Sea Scallops with Tomato Ginger Vinaigrette

May 17, 2006 3 Comments

Sea Scallops with Tomato Ginger Vinaigrette

I found this quick and easy recipe in Cuisine at Home magazine. I have made a few minor changes to the original from my experiences when making it. There are also a few changes I would make next time I prepare this meal.

For example, you might want to up the amounts of spices called for if you like your food more on the spicy side. As good as the scallops were, I think they were a little bland and I would add more curry powder and some of the other spices.

By definition, a “vinaigrette”, one of the five “mother sauces” is a combination of oil and vinegar. This recipe is definitely a vinaigrette but because of the added tomatoes, it may not look like your typical dressing. See my basic Mustard Vinaigrette recipe.

What I like about this sauce is you can use it with chicken or fish as well shrimp or scallops. It is quick to make at home in a blender or food processor but be sure to mince the lemon zest well or you will taste bits of it in the sauce. I didn’t mince it fine enough and it was my only complaint about the dish.

Sea Scallops with Tomato Ginger Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 36 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Sea Scallops with Tomato Ginger Vinaigrette


¼ cup plain yogurt

2-teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon curry powder

1/8-teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8-teaspoon ground ginger

1-teaspoon paprika

1-teaspoon cayenne

Juice from ½ a lemon (without the pits please)

Salt and pepper, to taste

12 sea scallops (the big ones) about a pound

¼ cup olive oil

1 shallot, minced

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced or grated finely

12 oz grape tomatoes

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1-tablespoon honey

Zest from 1 lemon, minced very finely.

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped finely.

How To Prepare At Home

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, curry powder, cinnamon, ginger, paprika, cayenne, lemon juice and a little salt & pepper.

Add the scallops, toss with your hands to coat and let them sit for about 15 minutes.

While the scallops are marinating, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and when hot but not smoking, add the shallots and fresh ginger. Sauté until the shallot is translucent but don't let it burn. Depending on your stove and pan, this should take about 3-4 minutes.

The recipe calls for preparing the next step in a food processor, but I used a blender only because it was already out on the counter. If you are using a food processor, start with the lemon zest to make sure it is minced well. If using a blender, be sure to mince the zest as fine as you possible can.

Next, add the tomatoes, vinegar and honey. Pulse the blender or processor to chop up & puree the tomato mixture. With the machine running on low, slowly pour in the warm shallot-ginger oil you prepared above. You now have a tomato-ginger vinaigrette.

Transfer this mixture to another bowl and add the parsley. Taste and adjust seasonings for salt and/or pepper. Let this stand at room temperature until ready to plate the scallops. It's now time to cook the scallops.

Grill the scallops for about 2-3 minutes, flip and cook for another 3 -5 minutes on the other side. The timing depends on how hot your grill so there is no way to give an exact number of minutes. Just be careful not to overcook them or they will turn out rubbery.

The recipe calls for grilling the scallops, which I did but you could just as easily sauté them in a little olive oil. Unless you have a gas grill, I can't see making a fire for just 12 scallops. If you do start a charcoal, be sure to grill up some vegetables or something else for tomorrow night's dinner.

I cooked a bunch of chicken thighs that I marinated in one of my favorite commercial marinades, Yeri Veri Teriyaki. Great with chicken but even better with pork tenderloin.

When serving, spoon some of the vinaigrette mixture onto plates, top with scallops and serve with some of your favorite side dishes.

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  1. Gary says:

    For this recipe I use a Calphalon alluminum non-stick grill pan on my electric stovetop.
    The scallops come out terrific, firm yet tender inside, and because its only 3 minutes per side, the grill pan does not smoke too badly. And the clean-up is a snap.

  2. Chris says:

    I found this to be in excess as the ingredients listed mask the delicious flavors of the scallops.

    no need for ground ginger or honey and i made mine both with and without cinnamon and i found that less is more in this dish.


  3. shawn kelly says:

    I love the way it was prepared and the way you explain everything about the recipe. The ingredients really blend with each other. I love the color. I love the taste. You made an excellent job!

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