Joe’s Sea Scallops with a lime-cilantro


  • 4-8 large sea scallops
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 serrano chile, minced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 c. sake, white wine or white vermouth
  • 1/4 c. cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
  • olive oil


  1. Pat dry scallops thoroughly and set aside.
  2. in small saucepan, heat 1-2 tsp. olive oil to medium hot. Add shallot, chile, and garlic and sizzle 2-3 minutes, just enough to soften.
  3. Add sake or wine and lime juice. Let it bubble away over medium-high heat until reduced by about half.
  4. A Add cilantro and continue cooking for another minute or two.
  5. Put reduction in small blender jar and puree. Keep warm.
  6. Start heating a heavy skilet for searing the scallops.
  7. Drizzle a little olive oil onto scallops and rub to coat.
  8. When pan is almost hot enough to smoke, add scallops. Sear twO minutes per side, serve immediately
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