Za’atar Seared Scallops

Scallops are an amazing ingredient that many are a bit intimidated to cook. Like any other seafood item you want to buy the best quality possible. I like to treat them as a piece of meat, making sure that they are not overcooked. The Za’atar seasoning give them a great crust.

Za’atar – Recipe by Lior Lev Sercarz

Serves 2-4 as an appetizer

Ingredients & Instructions

8 scallops
1 Tbsp za’atar spice blend
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 mint sprigs, leaves only
1 lemon, segments and juice reserved
1/4 cup tahina sauce
olive oil
1 tsp Pierre Poivre
Salt

• Prepare the tahina sauce.

• In a bowl combine the tomatoes with the lemon segments, lemon juice, olive oil, and pierre poivre. Season with salt to taste.

• Coat the scallops on both sides with the za’atar. Heat some olive oil in a pan until lightly smoking. Sear the scallops for about 1 minute on each side and then lower the heat and cook for another minute on each side.

• Spread the tahina sauce on the bottom of a serving dish and top with the seared scallops. Spoon the tomato salad around and garnish with torn mint leaves.

Enjoy

ideas:
You can make this same dish with shrimp or salmon.
You can also season the scallops with Yagenbori or Vadouvan