Thyme’s Up


ever get sick of the chicken, chicken, chicken, beef routine?  you need to eat things like pork, ham, and seafood to spice up your life.  if you’ve ever watched anthony bourdain’s no reservations you know he thinks pork is the greatest meat around and i agree, but i’ll have to get into that another time because today i’m talking scallops.  i’m not frying them and i’m not breading them either.  i’m keeping it healthy, so we can eat them and not feel so guilty.  this recipe incorporates citrus juice, which is always a classic pairing with seafood.


Citrus Thyme Scallops
24 large sea scallops
6 tbs olive oil
1/2 tbs salt
1/2 tbs pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
juice of 2 oranges
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbs thyme

season washed and dried scallops on both sides.  saute in olive oil over high heat, this is important to getting a good sear.  cook for 2 minutes per side and then remove from pan.  next reduce heat to medium and pour in juices and thyme.  release the brown bits from the bottom by using your spoon and let reduce for 1 minute.  reheat the scallops in sauce and serve.


  • any combination of citrus juices work, try lime and grapefruit juice for a different take.
  • not a big fan of thyme? or can’t find it?  use tarragon, chives, or basil.
  • it’s important and necessary to dry the scallops.  if they’re not dry they won’t brown.

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