Recipe: Seared Scallops With Caper-Raisin Sauce

June 24, 2014 Updated: June 24, 2014

Scallops are simply delicious even with just a little salt and olive oil to dress. They don’t take that long to cook and you can just pop them on your stove for a couple minutes on each side and call it a dinner. However, they are an intimidating dish to conquer, but once you make them the first time you will see how easy and quick they are.


  • 1/3 cup capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • butter to coat the pan
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 1 1/2 inch cauliflower florets, sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 12 large sea scallops
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the capers, raisins an 3/4 cup of water. Simmer over low heat until raisins are plump, about 10-15 minutes and do not boil. Transfer to a blender or nutribullet and puree. Add in 6 tablespoons of butter says JG but I prefer about half of this. Add vinegar to the caper-raisin sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil. Add half of the cauliflower and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until crisp-tender, 5 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed plate. Then repeat with remaining cauliflower. Let the skillet cool for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook over moderate heat, scrapping up any browned bits for 2 minutes. Stir in the parsley and pour the pan sauce over the cauliflower. Keep warm.

  3. In a nonstick skillet, add a little butter and oil. Season the scallops with salt and pepper and add half to the skillet. Cook over moderately high heat, without turning until the scallops are golden brown on the bottom for 3 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the scallops and rewarm the caper-raisin sauce.

  4. Spoon the sauce onto 4 plates. Top with scallops, browned side up and arrange a cauliflower slice on top of each adding a little pan sauce over and garnish with nutmeg.  

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