Seared Scallops with Forbidden Rice

Recipe Friday: Grill at Quail Creek Seared Scallops

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Recipes Issue: June 2018
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It’s hard to pick up a dinner menu these days that doesn’t feature scallops in some form – from sautéed in olive oil to drenched in browned butter and coated with panko crumbs.

The Grill at Quail Creek, a restaurant at the Robson Resort Community in Green Valley, offers a pan-seared scallop dish that executive chef Aris Cabrera says is the restaurant’s most popular menu item. “I really love the contrast with the sweetness and the spiciness and the earthy flavors of ginger and lemongrass,” he says. 

When preparing, Cabrera advises to start with the rice and while that cooks, make the sauce and slaw. When the rice is finished, sear the scallops and plate them with the rice, sauce and slaw.

Cabrera offers this tip: Make sure to dry the scallops with a paper towel before they hit the sauté pan or they won’t sear properly.

Seared Scallops over Forbidden Rice, Curry and Coconut Cream Sauce, and Watercress Apple Slaw

1 cup forbidden rice
2 cups chicken stock
1 tsp. minced ginger
½ tsp. minced garlic
½ cup green onions

Add ginger, garlic and chicken stock to the rice in a saucepan and cover. Cook on medium high until rice is fully cooked, about 30 minutes.

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp. red curry paste
1 vanilla bean, split in half
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp. soy sauce

Add all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan, simmer for 5 minutes and then thicken with a slurry made of 2 tbsp. cornstarch and water. Let simmer for another 5 minutes and set aside.

1 bunch of watercress
1 julienne apple
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ tsp. honey

Make a dressing with the lemon juice, honey and olive oil and then add just enough to the watercress and apples to dampen. Set aside.

4 scallops
2 tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Season scallops with salt and pepper, sear with olive oil until golden brown on both sides, put on top of forbidden rice and drizzle sauce around the plate. Add slaw for garnish.