Seared Scallops and Beurre Blanc

January 4, 2022
Created by Chef Jake Driffill
10 minutes
Serves 2
  • 12 sea scallops
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces and chilled

Seared Scallops

Pat sea scallops dry with paper towels. Season with some lemon juice, salt, and pepper on one side.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Place scallops in the skillet seasoned-side down. Cook until browned on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Season with remaining lemon juice, salt, and pepper; flip. Continue cooking until opaque, about 2 minutes more. Top with beurre blanc and serve!

Beurre Blanc

Boil wine, vinegar, and shallot in a 2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat until liquid is syrupy and reduced to 2 to 3 tablespoons, about 5 minutes. Add cream, salt, and white pepper and boil 1 minute. Reduce heat to moderately low and add a few tablespoons butter, whisking constantly. Add remaining butter a few pieces at a time, whisking constantly and adding new pieces before previous ones have completely liquefied (the sauce should maintain consistency of hollandaise), lifting pan from heat occasionally to cool mixture.

Remove from heat, then season to taste with salt and pepper and pour sauce through a medium-mesh sieve into a sauceboat, pressing on and then discarding shallot. Serve immediately.