Seared Scallops on Salt Block

Seared Scallops on Salt Block

There is nothing like a perfectly season scalloped seared to a golden color and  served with a light citrus sauce and performing this ritual on a salt block takes it to new heights.  My good friend Dawn got me a Salt Block and I’ve been excited to give it a try and now I’m hooked.

I’ll be experimenting with other things so stay tuned but here is a quick recipe to break in your new salt block.

First a couple of pointers to help maintain your salt block for a long time.

1.  Heat your salt block slowly so it doesn’t crack.

2.  Be sure to use heavy duty oven-mits when handling salt block – it gets extremely hot.

3.  Let cool before cleaning and then scrub and clean with a damp sponge only.

Seared Salt Block Scallops with Citrus Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds large wild caught scallops (about 16)
  • 1 tablespoon crushed pink peppercorns
  • Fresh Lime Zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

1.  Heat the Salt Block

Turn  your stove or grill to low heat and place the block on top for ten minutes.  Turn the heat to medium and heat for ten more minutes.  Raise the heat to medium-high and heat for an additional 20 minutes.

Heat the Block Slowly to Avoid Cracking

Heat the Block Slowly to Avoid Cracking

 

2.  Make the Sauce

Mix the lime juice, fish sauce, 1/4 cup water, vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, red pepper, and set aside.

3.  Make the Scallops

Pat the scallops dry and pull off their white gristly tendons.  Season the scallops with fresh black pepper and pink peppercorns and leave at room temperature until the salt block is heated.  When the salt block is very hot, about 600 degrees, place the scallops on the hot block and sear for three minutes on the first side.  Flip and sear for 3 minutes on the second side.  Remove and repeat with remaining scallops.   (If you want to serve on the block or take pictures :) carefully remove block from grill with heavy duty oven-mits and transfer to a heat proof platter right after flipping scallops so they don’t overcook).

Scallops Searing on Block

Scallops Searing on Block

Transfer to a serving plate, top with lime zest and serve with the dipping sauce and wait for the oohs and awes of your friends.

Top Scallops with Fresh Lime Zest

Top Scallops with Fresh Lime Zest

Happy Cooking and
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Enjoy a Little Gourmet Everyday!!