Escabèche-Style Scallops

6 people
Prep Time:
00h 10
Cook Time:
00h 30

Cold scallops? You better believe it. After a quick searing, an herbal vinegar bath—30 minutes in the ‘fridge—makes ‘em stone cold delicious. 

Credit: This inspiring recipe is brought to you by James Peterson. You can view this recipe on the My Recipes website.

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Ingredients and Method


  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups trimmed watercress


  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add scallops to pan; cook 1 minute or until browned. Turn over and cook 30 seconds. Place scallops in a bowl.
  2. Combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients (through pepper), stirring with a whisk. Pour vinegar mixture over scallops. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Arrange 1/2 cup watercress on each of 6 salad plates. Remove scallops from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving marinade. Divide scallops evenly among plates. Drizzle each serving with about 1 tablespoon marinade.
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