Many years ago, I was a guest on a television show and was asked a few personal questions to wrap up my cooking segment. The host asked if my mother was a positive cooking influence in my life. Without filtering my thoughts, I stated that my mom was an awful cook and had ruined my joy of eating scallops…oops! Although this was true, I profusely apologized to my mom. We still laugh about it!
The secret to a delicious scallop is a perfect sear and that only takes 3-5 minutes per side. The goal is a caramelized outside crust and a creamy, sweet center. I like the combination of extra-virgin olive oil and butter to sear my scallops. A gremolata is an Italian herb condiment traditionally made with chopped parsley, minced garlic and lemon zest. I embellished my gremolata with shallots, cilantro and olive oil to create a sauce. Feel free to add fresh herbs or other citrus fruit. A gremolata is a great addition to many dishes, soups and it makes a bright, flavorful sauce.