Scallops with Ginger

Scallops are at their best in the winter, but are available frozen throughout the year. Rich and creamy, this dish is very simple to make and utterly scrumptious.


serves 4
8 - 12 scallops, shelled
40 g (1 1/2 oz) 3 tbsp butter
2.5 cm (1 in) fresh root ginger, finely chopped
1 bunch spring onions, sliced diagonally
60 ml (4 tbsp) white vermouth
250 ml (8 fl oz) 1 cup creme fraiche
salt and ground black pepper
chopped fresh parsley, to garnish


1. Remove the tough muscle opposite the coral on each scallop. Separate the coral and cut the white part of the scallop in half horizontally.

2. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the scallops, including the corals, and saute for about 2 minutes until lightly browned. Take care not to overcook the scallops as this will make them tough.

3. Lift out the scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a warmed serving dish. Keep warm.

4. Add the ginger and spring onions to the pan and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Pour in the vermouth and allow to bubble until it has almost evaporated. Stir in the creme fraiche and cook for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

5. Pour the sauce over the scallops, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

What did you think?

12 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

posted by maz @ 11:50AM, 8/20/07
Superb!! Cupboard ingredients. Excellent served with creamed potatoes and stirfried baby vegetables. Yummy!
posted by mike_j @ 02:39PM, 1/20/09
Lovely dish. I made minor changes to suit store items, white wine, not vermouth, plain yoghurt, not creme fraiche and added a tiny bit of deseeded chilli. Served with salad and fresh bked garlic bread.
Nice one !!
posted by Ben @ 06:08PM, 8/30/09
Very easy and nice dish. We made it with frozen scallops and it was great. Has to use white wine instead of vermouth.Very easy to make and yummy
posted by green - rugby @ 01:44PM, 10/26/09
Serve with a simple salad of lettuce & tomatoes and add a little chilli when you saute the scallops.
Delish! :-)
posted by Leoni. @ 10:36AM, 12/19/11
A great recipe which allows for personal touches - loved adding chopped chillies, ginger, yoghurt instead of creme fraiche. Good with grated carrot salad with lime squeezed! :-)
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