Macadamia-Crusted Scallops with Citrus Beurre Blanc
Andre’s Monte Carlo and Alizé at the Palms, Las Vegas
Coating scallops in macadamia nuts gives them a wonderful crunchy crust, and complements the seafood’s delicate flavor.
- 8 diver scallops, rinsed and dried
- 1 cup raw, unsalted macadamia nuts
- Salt and white ground pepper to taste
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, sliced and softened, plus more for sautéing
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 orange, juiced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/4 cup chopped basil
To make the scallops, use a rotary cheese grater to grate the macadamia nuts into a bowl, or chop using a knife. Season the scallops with salt and white pepper. Dredge the scallops in the flour, removing any excess. Coat the scallops in the beaten eggs, covering them completely. Dredge the scallops in the grated nuts.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Heat an oven-safe pan over medium heat and add the oil. When very hot, place the scallops in the pan. Brown on one side until golden, about 3 minutes. Turn onto the other side and place the pan into the oven until done, about 4 minutes. The scallops should be golden brown and firm to the touch.
To make the beurre blanc, melt a little butter in a medium saucepan. Sauté the shallots until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the white wine, orange juice, and lime juice and reduce to a syrup, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add the butter one slice at a time while whisking constantly.
Place 2 scallops on each plate. Drizzle with the beurre blanc sauce. Garnish with chopped basil.