Seared Scallops and Shrimp With Balsamic Strawberries
This elegant seared scallop and shrimp dish drizzled with a sweet, strawberry-flavored balsamic glaze is perfect for a romantic dinner for two.
- Serves: 2 persons
- ¼cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼cup light brown sugar
- 3-4 large strawberries (stems removed and sliced (or quartered))
- 1tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½cup thinly sliced shallots
- 6cups (lightly packed) arugula or spinach leaves (large stems removed)
- 2tablespoons grapeseed oil or light olive oil (see cook's notes below)
- 4extra jumbo scallops (U-6 or U-10)
- 6to 8 uncooked jumbo (or larger) shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
Step 1In a bowl, stir together the vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Fold in the strawberries, cover, and chill for at least 1 hour. Remove from the fridge when you're ready to start cooking.
Step 2Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the shallots until softened, then add the leaves and turn until well mixed. Cook just a minute or two until all the leaves have wilted but are still fully green. Remove greens to a strainer and keep warm. (See cook's notes below.)
Step 3Dry the scallops and shrimp well and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat until quite hot. Add the grapeseed or light olive oil, let the oil heat a moment, then carefully add the scallops and shrimp (there will be some spattering.)
Step 4Let the shrimp sear for about 1 minute per side until just opaque. Remove and keep warm. Don't move the scallops until you can see a brown edge forming around the bottom (about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.) Carefully lift one scallop—if the surface has a nice caramelized color, turn it over.
Step 5Cook for just another minute until the scallops are springy but not quite firm. (See cook's notes below.) Remove the scallops and keep warm.
Step 6Wipe out the pan, and then add the strawberries and vinegar. Remove the strawberries after they are heated through (about 30 seconds) and let the balsamic cook down briefly until thickened to a syrupy consistency.
Step 7To serve, place the green on a plate, top with the scallops, shrimp, and strawberries, and then drizzle the balsamic reduction over the scallops and shrimp.