1 pound white asparagus, peeled, or green asparagus
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ounce thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1 pound sea scallops
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
How to Make It
Cook the asparagus in a large sauce-pan of boiling salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a colander and leave the pan of water simmering on the stove.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet. Add the prosciutto and cook over low heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer the prosciutto to a plate.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the skillet. Add the scallops, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops to a plate.
Add the lemon zest to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and simmer for 10 seconds. Add the stock and simmer, scraping the bottom of the skillet, until reduced to a rich glaze, about 3 minutes. Swirl in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Return the scallops, along with any juices, to the skillet and cook over low heat until heated through.
Return the asparagus to the simmering water to heat through. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a large platter and spoon the scallops and sauce over it. Top with the fried prosciutto and serve.
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Review Body: One of the best recipes I've run into lately. It's not too difficult if everything is planned out. Rich flavors that blend well. Served it with a salad of Little Gem, goat cheese, and some walnuts I toasted.
Date Published: 2017-04-28
Author Name: Trevas Walker
Review Body: Loved this recipe. We used smaller scallops, and more of them, and it turned out excellent. The hint of fresh lemon in the sauce makes this one of the better seafood recipes I have ever made. Definitely on our families' menu for a great Saturday supper!
Review Rating: 5
Date Published: 2017-01-22
Author Name: Suzanne McSpadden
Review Body: This was delicious! It was not difficult or time consuming, but the careful timing demanded attention. Next time, I will cook the asparagus less, as it continued to cook on the plate and was a bit too soft for my taste. Also, my glaze fell apart(?) and ended up being melted butter; nonetheless, it tasted wonderful. Not sure what happened. A nice Sunday meal, and good enough for company. Pretty on the plate, pretty on the palate. A winner.