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Seared Scallops with Flavoured Greens

Cooking for friends? This sophisticated starter is a taste sensation with lemon, anchovies and garlic packing a punch

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 15 minutes
    •    Cook time: 10 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 6


    •    2 tbsps rapeseed oil
    •    3 shallots, diced
    •    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    •    zest and juice 2 lemons
    •    300g dark greens, such as cavalo nero or kale, stalks removed then shredded
    •    50g anchovies, chopped
    •    9 large scallops, roe removed and halved horizontally
    •    knob of butter


  1. Heat half the oil in a frying pan. Add the shallots, garlic and lemon zest, and fry gently until soft. Add the greens the anchovies, and cook for 5 mins until the leaves are wilted.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a non-stick pan, then add the scallops and fry for 1-2 mins on each side. Add the butter and lemon juice to the pan and swirl until the butter melts and you have a glossy sauce. Divide the cabbage and scallops between 6 plates and serve with the pan juices spooned over.

This great family recipe is thanks to BBC Goodfood Recipes at


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