Yield: 4 servings. Sauce: ½ cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup vegetable or seafood stock 3 tablespoons sugar 3 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon salt Almond Topping: 1 cup slivered almonds
Yield: 4 servings.
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup vegetable or seafood stock
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup slivered almonds
Zest of 2 lemons
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1½ pounds large dry-pack sea scallops
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 pound angel hair pasta, cooked per package directions
Fresh basil leaves (for garnish)
4 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted (for garnish)
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, stock, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.
Place 1 cup almonds in a food processor and pulse until all almonds appear to be chopped. Add lemon zest and olive oil, and pulse to a thick paste consistency. Set aside.
Add the sauce mixture to a skillet over medium heat and cook until sauce thickens.
Meanwhile, in a separate skillet (cast iron preferred), warm 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Season both sides of scallops with salt and black pepper and add to hot pan. Once scallops are in hot skillet, don’t move them around. Cook 2 minutes per side, until golden brown on the outside and opaque/cooked through on the inside.
Place cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl. Spoon sauce over pasta and toss to coat. Divide pasta among 4 plates or bowls and arrange scallops on top. Spoon almond paste topping over pasta and scallops. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and reserved toasted slivered almonds.