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Seared Scallops & Prawns with Balsamic Strawberries

Recipe Date:
February 14, 2015
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  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large strawberries, stems removed and quartered
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 6 cups (lightly packed) arugula or spinach leaves (large stems removed)
  • 2 tbsps grape seed oil or light olive oil
  • 6 extra jumbo scallops (U-6 or U-10) We use sustainably-sourced.
  • 8 uncooked jumbo (or larger) prawns, peeled & deveined. We use wild, Baja, OceanWise
  • Coarse sea salt or Kosher salt


In a bowl, stir together the vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Fold in the strawberries, cover, and chill for at least one hour. Remove from the fridge when you're ready to start cooking.

Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the shallots until softened, then add the leaves and turn until well mixed. Cook just 1-2mins until all the leaves have wilted but are still fully green. Remove greens to a strainer and keep warm.

Dry the scallops and shrimp well and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Heat a skillet or sauté pan over medium high heat until quite hot. Add the grape seed or light olive oil, let oil heat a moment, then carefully add the scallops and shrimp (there will be some spattering.)

Let the shrimp sear for about 1 minute per side until just opaque. Remove and keep warm. Don't move the scallops until you can see a brown edge forming around the bottom (about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.) Carefully lift one scallop -- if the surface has a nice caramelized colour, turn them over. Cook for just another minute until the scallops are opaque, springy but not quite firm. 

Remove the scallops and keep warm. Wipe out the pan, then add the strawberries and vinegar. Remove the strawberries after they are heated through (about 30 seconds) and let the balsamic cook down briefly until thickened to a syrupy consistency.

To serve: place the greens on a plate, top with the scallops, shrimp, and strawberries, then drizzle the balsamic reduction over the scallops and shrimp. Enjoy!

Tony Longworth
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