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Brown Butter Scallops with Polenta

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Who doesn’t love beautifully seared scallops on the bed of creamy polenta all drizzled with garlic-y brown butter?



  1. 1 cup polenta

  2. 3 tbsp butter

  3. 4 cups water or broth

  4. pinch of salt

  5. ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  6. Seared Scallops

  7. 1 pound sea scallops

  8. 1 tbsp oil for frying (something high heat, like canola or grape seed oil)

  9. 1 tbsp butter

  10. Brown Butter

  11. 2 cloves garlic, smashed

  12. 3 tbsp butter

Tags: Recipes, Scallops
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


    For the polenta:

    1. Boil the water with salt in a medium pot. Slowly add the polenta, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Bring water down to low and stir with the whisk until it just starts to thicken. Put the lid on over the pot and continue cooking for 20 minutes. Then uncover, stir, cover back again and cook for another 6-7 minutes. Turn off the heat and add Parmesan cheese and butter. Stir to combine and pour into the serving plates.

    For the Seared Scallops:

    1. Heat oil in nonstick skillet. Pat scallops as dry as possible, sprinkle with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan. After 2-3 minutes, flip them over and add butter. Shake the pan gently to distribute the butter and sear for another 30 seconds to a minute. Then place straight onto the serving plates over the polenta.

    For the Brown Butter:

    1. Put the smashed garlic cloves and butter in a clean skillet over medium heat and stir it while watching it closely – when the garlic starts to sizzle and the butter starts to look golden and foamy, remove from heat, discard the garlic and drizzle the butter over the scallops and polenta.

    Recipe Note

    Recipe via GastroSenses