Thursday, 26 April 2012

Chilli and Lime Scallops Spaghetti



Having recently acquired a taste for scallops, it is only natural and partly the duty of a food blogger to try to add scallops to my cooking repertoire.

Fresh scallops are quite the rarity in Kuala Lumpur, unless of course I’ve been looking for them in the wrong places, like many other things, which is a flaw I’ve become accustomed to. A couple of months ago, I rang my mother in excitement having apparently discovered a supermarket which sold fresh scallops, only to realise later on that they were actually fishballs. 


How does one confuse fishballs for scallops? Seriously, even I can’t answer that question.

Anyway, I soon realised that I would have to make do with frozen scallops if I was ever going to get around to cooking some. Having never cooked them before, I was naturally quite wary as it’s quite a finicky ingredient to play around with. The last thing I want to do is to undercook seafood but at the same time overcooked scallops are disgustingly rubbery. 

I found this no-frills recipe on my current favourite food website BBC Good Food and adapted it to make into a more substantial meal. This fuss free Chilli and Lime Scallops Spaghetti recipe uses only a handful of ingredients but produces a delicious, fresh and zesty meal which paid homage to these wonderful scallops.

* The only thing I would do differently would be to sear the scallops in a very very hot pan to get the wonderful golden brown crust. After doing some research I’ve realised that the pan has to be so hot that you should be able to see a bit of smoke.



Chilli and Lime Scallops Spaghetti

Adapted from BBC Good Food


Serves 2

Ingredients


8-12 scallops, depending on the size
1 tbsp olive oil +1/2 tsp butter
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 red chilli, chopped
Juice of one lime
½ tsp sugar
Salt & pepper
Spaghetti, enough for two people
Chopped coriander, optional 

Method 

  1. Season scallops with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to instructions on the packet.
  3. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  4. Heat non stick pan until hot and add butter and olive oil.
  5. Sear scallops for 20-30 seconds on each side until golden.
  6. Once scallops are flipped, add garlic and chilli.
  7. Cook for about a minute then add the lime juice and sugar. Add the spaghetti into the pan and toss until well mixed.
  8. Finish the dish off with chopped coriander and serve immediately.

36 comments:

  1. Chili and Lime sounds like the perfect combo. yum! love the pic

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    1. I'm glad you think so too! :)

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  2. Just like you have mentioned, its not easy to find scallops over here. I have been happy eating them at Chinese restaurants during our CNY family gathering. I have however seen on cooking shows on how scallops are prepared but have never given a hand to it. Thats a wonderful and colorful spaghetti you have made and again, I prefer rice and more rice compared to spaghetti. Will get my friends who can have spaghetti almost everyday to check out your recipe.

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    1. You can try making this dish without the pasta, as I'm sure it will pair nicely with rice too! :)

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  3. Wonderful dish with some nice clicks.

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  4. Oh this sounds good I love the chilli and lime flavors in the pasta! Looks amazing too.

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    1. It's some totally new I've stumbled on to but I love it too!

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  5. Seriously looks great.....chilli and lime are a favorite combo of mine so I look forward to trying out this recipe! Xx

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  6. scallops is one my fav..
    the simple sauce could bring the freshness taste of scallop ..
    nice..

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    1. Thanks! :) The sauce definitely paired well with the scallops!

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  7. This is a delicious blend of flavors, the tart line and hot chili does make for some great tasting scallops! Kudos to you seeking them out, since they are not found easily where you are from. This meal looks just perfect for a light lunch or dinner. Glad you posted this!

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  8. YUM! Love the amazing ingredients that make an amazing dish! Love everything with chilies & these really fit the bill! Great post! :)

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  9. Delicious! So simple and you make it look so elegant. I love scallops. Bay scallops are so small but luciously sweet.

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    1. Ah is that what they're called then? They were very sweet :)

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  10. Great job Nish! I love the combination of lime, coriander and seafood, even though i'm not a big fan of scallops- I am going to try this dish the same way, looks too yum to pass up!

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    1. Glad I've managed to persuade you to try this dish! Hope you like it! :)

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  11. very nice.. a unique dish I must say. I really enjoy eating scallops and I'm still new to seafood, unfortunately i don't order them enough. As soon as I see salmon or shrimp on the menu, I go with what I know. looks yummy.

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    1. I know, I tend to go for the safer seafood options too! Or anything that looks safe enough to be consumed! lol

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  12. this is so very tempting - my mouth is watering right now!!! And as always - GORGEOUS PHOTOS!!!! I just love visiting your blog =)) Thanks, Nish ;-)

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    1. Thank you thank you for the lovely compliments. I have to say I share the same sentiments regarding your blog! :)

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  13. I don't have my acquired taste for scallop! If its cooked well, its awesome though! but chilli and lime is awesome!

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    1. I think chilli and lime is a pairing made it heaven! :)

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  14. As I said to my housemate, lets get to the kitchen and try out your recipe.

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  15. It's been so long since I ate spaghetti, this recipe looks delicious. I just love your photos. They're so beautiful!

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  16. This dish looks fantastic! And I love your colander. :)

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  17. Scallops are sooo good! This pasta looks awesome! Love the chili and lime combo, I'm always so boring with my usual tomato sauce, definitely giving this a go next time! YUM :)

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  18. So gorgeous and delicious!! I adore scallops and this looks fantastic!

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  19. This looks so delicious! The Scallops and chilli combo sounds like heaven! I am putting it on my menu this week!

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  20. Hi Nish =)) Wanted to let you know that I nominated you for another award package, lol ... visit my Almond Mocha Roca Brownies Cakes post for the scoop ;-) Have a great weekend!!!

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  21. Good afternoon ;) I am a fanatic for scallops so I must try this recipe! BTW: I too have nominated your blog for a Kreativ Blogger and Sunshine Award ~ You can view this at http://sandrarecipeblogsite.blogspot.com ~ Have a fantastic weekend...

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  22. This looks delicious Nish!!I love scallops and this preparation is beautiful and absolutely perfect for spring!
    You can link it to our #pastalove bloghop over here http://bit.ly/JlUCgN

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  23. I love scallops and rarely make them. The combo of chili and lime with seafood and pasta sounds like heaven to me!

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  24. This is a full meal, nice recipe!
    I would add some cheese (I'm a cheese fan ;-)

    Thanks for joining in, Nish
    Sending you some #pastalove!

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  25. Simple ingredients that go great together, love dishes like this. Sending you some #pastalove

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