Scallops with a vodka and lime [Caipiroska] dressing
When buying scallops buy fresh and local rather than imported and frozen. Look for plump, moist looking scallops with white flesh. Buying scallps with roe off saves cleaning. If you can find scallops on the half shell get some - you can wash and keep the shells for next time - they are very effective.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time14 mins
- 1 lime cut into quarters
- 2 tsp Natvia or unrefined sugar
- 2 tsp water
- 5 tbsp vodka
- 12 scallops roe off (+12 shells for serving)
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- finely sliced long red chilli
- 12 coriander leaves
Muddle (squeeze and mash) whole lime wedges with Natvia or sugar in a cocktail shaker or clean jar. Add vodka, cover with a lid and shake. Stand for a couple of minutes for the flavours to infuse. Strain into a pouring jug (use a small sieve).
Pat dry scallops with a paper towel and sprinkle both sides with freshly ground pepper.
Heat oil in a small frypan set over medium high heat - you need to sear the scallops so the pan should be very hot. Sear scallops on each side for about 30 seconds.
Remove scallops from pan and place one on every shell. Drizzle with vodka lime dressing.
Garnish with a slice of chilli and a coriander leaf each.These can be served with a cocktail fork, or eaten like oysters. Don't forget to slurp the dressing!