SEARED SCALLOPS WITH LEMON AND CHILLI BUTTER
- 4 young, but not baby leeks Leeks, trimmed
- 12 Scallops, roes on or off
- 1 tbsp light Olive Oil
- Lemon wedges, to serve
For the Butter.
- 250g pack Butter softened
- 1 Red Chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
- 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
- zest 2 Lemons
bunch parsley leaves chopped, plus extra to serve
- For the butter, mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, then beat well with a wooden spoon until there are no lumps of butter left. Spoon onto a large sheet of cling film, then wrap tightly in a sausage shape. Chill until firm (or put in the freezer if you’re short of time).
- Set up a pan with a steamer or suspend a heatproof colander over the top of a pan. Cut the leeks in half length ways, then slice into long strips. Cover in the pan then steam for 6 mins until tender, with no signs of squeakiness. Season, then set aside.
- Dry the scallops on kitchen paper and season. Heat a heavy-based pan, then add the oil. Once hot, add the scallops, keeping them close together – this helps the sides to stay straight and tall rather than sagging. Sizzle for 2 mins until caramelised and you can see the heat creeping up the outside. Turn over with a palette knife, then fry for 1 min more. Take off the heat, then add a few good slices of the butter to the pan, spooning over the scallops as it melts.
To serve, wind a nest of warm leeks in the centre of your plates, top each with scallops and spoon over the buttery sauce (it looks smart trickled around the plate), then sprinkle with the remaining parsley. Squeeze over a little lemon juice before you serve.