Seared Scallops with Rocket Pesto


  • 6 large king scallops
  • 115g rocket
  • 55g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 55g pine nuts
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 30g butter
  • 4 shallots
  • 2 beef tomatoes

The Method

Prep time: 7 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

  1. Put two-thirds of your rocket, the Parmesan, garlic and pine nuts into a food processor, and whizz it up until it’s a thick paste. Drizzle in the oil and mix until the paste is of a spoonable texture. You could use a pestle and mortar instead of the processor.
  2. Chop the shallots and slice the tomatoes.
  3. Melt the butter in a frying pan; cook the shallots and scallops for about 3 minutes without moving them around. Turn the scallops over and cook the other side likewise. Pop everything in a bowl and keep it warm.
  4. Wipe the pan and add the tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes each side, until warm and beginning to caramelise.
  5. Make a bed of the tomatoes and top with the warm scallops and shallots. Drizzle on some of your rocket pesto and stick a handful of rocket leaves on the side.
  6. Serve immediately.

Quick Tip:

When cooking scallops, make sure your frying pan is very hot, then start at the top – 12 o’clock – and place the scallops in a clock face round the pan. When you get back to 12 o’clock, the scallops will be ready to turn over. So, go round again and, once you get back to 12 o’clock once more, they’ll be ready to serve.

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