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Sea Scallop Tiradito
© James Baigrie

Sea Scallop Tiradito

  • TOTAL TIME: 10 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY

Tiradito is a Peruvian seviche-style dish. This simple version by Nobu Matsuhisa, who owns several eponymous restaurants, requires the freshest scallops you can find. The rocoto chile paste called for here is a South American specialty, but any chile paste will do.

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  1. 12 large diver scallops
  2. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3. Chili paste, preferably rocoto
  4. 24 small cilantro leaves
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  6. Sea salt
  1. Cut each scallop in half horizontally. Set a large skillet over high heat for 3 minutes. Add the vegetable oil and heat until smoking. Add the scallop slices to the skillet and sear for 1 minute. Arrange 3 scallop slices, seared side up, on each plate, overlapping them slightly. Garnish each slice with a dot of chili paste and a cilantro leaf. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and sea salt and serve immediately.

Suggested Pairing

Sake Try a sake that has a fruity flavor to balance the chili paste.