Whether as a deliciously fiery appetizer or healthy entree, Cajun scallops are a must for your spicy kitchen repertoire. They take only a few minutes to make, yet you would never guess that from the delicious flavor. Seriously, your flavor to time ratio is wicked high with this spicy recipe.
Cajun seasoning, of course, is the primary seasoning (which typically includes both cayenne and paprika), but we kick it up a notch with an extra pinch of cayenne pepper powder to fire things up even more. Serve them over a simple bed of lettuce to let the Cajun flavors be the star. Or add them to a simple pasta to bring a basic dinner to life.
- 15 to 20 fresh sea scallops (medium-sized)
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Greens (your choice)
- Toss the scallops with the Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper powder, olive oil (1 tablespoon's worth), salt and pepper. Place the scallops in the refrigerator and allow the spices to set for 1 hour.
- In a skillet over high heat, add the additional tablespoon of olive oil and butter. Spread the butter and oil to evenly coat the skillet.
- Place the scallops in the pan, and cook them over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes per side until browned. Flip the scallops and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the second side is browned.
- Place the scallops on a bed of lettuce and serve.