Friday, December 7, 2012

Panko Fried Sea Scallops with Cilantro Lime Tartar Sauce and Fresh Cocktail Sauce

Well, sheesh, if it's fried, it's gotta be good, no? Anyhoo, made some Panko fried scallops tonight with a cilantro lime tartar sauce and homemade cocktail sauce on the side. Lots of citrus fruits ripening in our orchard right now, so juiced some Meyer lemons and Mexican limes for the dipping sauces. 

1 lb. sea scallops (if frozen, defrost, rinse & pat dry)
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 cup flour
2 eggs + 2 tbsp. water

Cocktail Sauce:
1 cup ketchup
1 1/2 - 2 tbsp. prepared horseradish (to taste)
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Crystal Hot Sauce (or Tabasco)
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

Cilantro Lime Tartar Sauce 

Fresh parsley & lemon wedges for garnish

1. Prepare cocktail sauce by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover & refrigerate.

2. Prepare tartar sauce, cover and refrigerate.

3. Set up the breading station: Pour the Panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish; stir together the flour, kosher salt, celery salt and paprika in another shallow dish; and lastly, beat the eggs and 2 tbsp. of water together in another shallow dish. 

4. Add about 2" of vegetable oil to a deep skillet or medium pot. Heat over medium heat until oil reaches about 370F. 

5. In the meantime, dredge the scallops in the flour, then in the beaten egg, then in the Panko bread crumbs. Using tongs, add the scallops to the hot oil (cook in 2 or more batches, so as not to overcrowd the scallops in the pan/pot). Fry about 2 minutes or until lightly golden brown (do not overcook, or the scallops will become rubbery in texture). Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining scallops until done.

6. Serve fried scallops with lemon wedges, tartar sauce and cocktail sauce on the side. Garnish with fresh parsley. I like to serve them on parchment paper-lined red deli baskets.

Combine the cocktail sauce ingredients together.

For the cocktail sauce: Crystal hot sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and prepared horseradish.

Cocktail sauce.

1 lb. frozen sea scallops.

Defrost, rinse, and pat the scallops dry with paper towels.

Paprika & Panko bread crumbs.

Breading station: eggs, Panko and seasoned flour.

Coat the scallops in the seasoned flour.

Next, dredge the scallops in the beaten egg mixture.

And lastly, coat them with the Panko bread crumbs.

Deep fry the scallops for about 2 minutes at 370F. Do not overcook. When done, remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Serve with lemon wedges, tartar sauce and cocktail sauce. 1 pound of sea scallops (12-13 scallops) will serve 4-6 as an appetizer or 2-3 as an entree. Good sides are cole slaw and/or french fries.

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