Spanish Garlic Scallops | So Good you Won´t be Able to Resist
These Spanish Garlic Scallops, known in Spain as Vieiras al Ajillo, are so good, with one taste you will not be able to resist. They´re packed with flavors, super easy to make and done in just 15 minutes. Serve them next to some roasted potatoes and a salad for one heck of a great meal.
To make this recipe, I used frozen king scallops that I thawed out. The scallops I bought where wet scallops. Which means they contain a ton of water. These are the type of scallops that are most commonly sold at supermarkets. The secret? Make sure to pat them completely dry with paper towels, that way they get a crusty sear and absorb all the flavors.
What flavors this dish is the garlic and Sweet Smoked Spanish paprika. This is what´s typical used here in Spain to make this recipe. But you can add any other spices you like. Such as chili powder, red pepper flakes or even cumin.
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The scallops I used where about 1 inch (2.50 cm) thick. It took me 90 seconds per side to sear them, If your scallops are thicker, go for about 2 minutes per side. Either way, try not to over-cook the scallops, otherwise they get a rubbery texture to them.
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Spanish Garlic Scallops
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
- 4 cloves garlic
- 8 king scallops
- 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley 8 grams
- 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
- dash sea salt
- dash black pepper
Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat
Meanwhile, roughly chop 4 cloves of garlic and pat dry 8 king scallops with paper towels, season with sea salt & black pepper on both sides
After heating the pan for about 7 to 8 minutes, add in 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and start adding the scallops into the pan, all in a single layer
After 90 seconds flip the scallops to cook the other side, after another 90 seconds and the scallops have a crusty sear on both sides, remove the pan from the heat
Transfer the scallops in a single layer into a serving dish
Heat the same pan with a low-medium heat, add in the chopped garlic and mix with the olive oil, after 30 seconds add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika, turn off the heat and mix together
Pour the sauce over the scallops and top off with finely chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!
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