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Easy and quick perfectly seared Portuguese Scallop Recipe with lemon, garlic and port wine reduction sauce recipe served with cooked rice.

Easy and quick perfectly seared Portuguese Scallops with lemon, garlic and port wine reduction sauce recipe served with cooked rice.

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This afternoon, we are heading to Portugal for a quick and delicious dinner!

No, we are not going to have peri-peri chicken 🙂

I know that probably is the first thing that comes to your mind, when you think of Portuguese food. Apparently the Portuguese people are not eating it that much, it is more about our perception of their cuisine.

Salt cod is a staple food in Portugal and it is eaten 2-3 times per week, cooked in different ways: bakes with cream and potatoes or added to a light salad.

One of the most popular meats in Portugal is pork, cooked in its own rendered fat and lard, confit-style. The result? An extremely tender meat, just melting in your mouth:)

But we won’t go that route either today…The way I see it that should be more of a wintery, comfort food, not a summery fun dish to eat and share. I will probably revisit the statement this upcoming fall, but until then…

Easy and quick perfectly seared Portuguese Scallops with lemon, garlic and port wine reduction sauce recipe served with cooked rice.

Many of Portugal’s dishes are fish or seafood based so, today I will be cooking for you some amazing Portuguese Scallops with lemon, garlic and port wine reduction sauce, served with cooked rice.

Easy. Fast. Fresh.

The Portuguese style of food is about simple dishes with few ingredients but with strong flavors. This recipe ticks all these boxes 🙂 Delicioso!

Easy and quick perfectly seared Portuguese Scallops with lemon, garlic and port wine reduction sauce recipe served with cooked rice.

Portuguese Scallops

Portuguese Scallops

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This pan seared scallop recipe is a quick and healthy dinner meal, ready in just 10 minutes!The scallops are cooked in a traditional Portuguese flavored butter, garlic, wine and lemon sauce to perfection. Gluten free. Clean Eating recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb/ 500g fresh sea scallops
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup port wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups cooked rice

Instructions

  1. Start by patting dry your scallops with paper towel to remove any water excess. Season scallops with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over high heat until hot.
  3. Add half of scallops and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until browned.
  4. Remove scallops from pan and keep warm. Repeat procedure with the remaining scallops.
  5. Once your second batch of scallops is out of the pan, stir in port wine and lemon juice, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
  6. Add back scallops, add parsley and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds over high heat.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from here

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MaryAnn Coy

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Do you have any scallops recipes without port? I cannot have any wines from pink to red or Port. Migraines, unfortunately! But I love scallops! BTW, I grew up on Boiled Salt Cod in cream sauce served over boiled potatoes. And Linguica with Baked Beans. My Father was Portuguese and my Mother used to cook some Portuguese dishes for him. Thanks for the recipes.

Nancie

Friday 9th of September 2016

I spent 6 weeks in Portugal last year, and fell in love with the cuisine. I will definitely be pinning this recipe to come back to later.

Tamara

Saturday 9th of April 2016

I stopped by to Yum and Stumble, but just had to mention what a lovely dish you've got here! I'm pinning it, and sending it along to a cousin who asked me for simple scallop recipes just last night! Yum!

Adore Foods

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Thank you so much Tamara! It is by far my daughter's favorite scallop recipe. She could eat it everyday, if possible :) Hope your cousin will enjoy it too!

chefjulianna

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

Your scallops look delicious! Beautiful photos!! :D

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