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Seared Sea Scallops with Garlic, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Olive Compote

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword garlic, sea scallops, sun dried tomaotes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories 436 kcal


  • 16 garlic 16 roasted and marinated in oil garlic cloves
  • 0.75 cup olive oil 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 0.5 Kalamata olives 1/2 pitted and chopped coarsely Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes olive oil 1 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 1 shallots 1 finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tbsps basil 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tbsps balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 8 scallops 8 large (muscle removed) scallops
  • 1 tbsps olive oil 1 ro 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tbsps flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a medium size bowl add the roasted garlic, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, shallot, basil and balsamic vinegar. Mix all the ingredients gently to not break the tender garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Allow the ingredients to meld together for at least 15 minutes before serving. (can be refrigerated for a couple of days, bring to room temperature before serving)

  3. Pat the scallops dry and season them well with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat.

  4. Add the scallops to the pan placing them in a circular clockwise format leaving the center empty. Cook without moving them for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn them over with thongs and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the scallops to cook in the pan for another minute.

  6. Add additional olive oil to the compote if it looks dry. Spoon some of the compote on each plate. Arrange the seared scallops on top and sprinkle with the parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Seared Sea Scallops with Garlic, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Olive Compote
Amount Per Serving
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.