Sancerre-Poached Scallops with Soft Grits


Food & Wine's Justin Chapple uses white wine—Sancerre especially—to delicately poach scallops. If you don't have Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc is delicious, too. Slideshow: More Scallop Recipes 

Sancerre-Poached Scallops with Soft Grits
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 quart chicken stock or low-sodium broth

  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits

  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 shallot, sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 2 cups Sancerre

  • 12 jumbo sea scallops (1 1/2 pounds)

  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts—toasted, skinned and chopped

  • Snipped chives, for garnish


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock and 1 cup of water to a boil. Gradually stir in the grits and simmer over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until the grits are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm over very low heat; stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if too thick.

  2. Meanwhile, in another medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over moderate heat. Add the shallot, garlic and a generous pinch of salt and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Carefully add the wine and bring to a simmer. Add the scallops and simmer until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the scallops to a plate and keep warm. Discard the poaching liquid.

  3. In a small skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the hazelnuts and cook, stirring, until warmed, about 2 minutes. Serve the scallops over the grits, topped with the warm hazelnuts and snipped chives.

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