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seared scallops in a cayenne corn puree

Seared Scallops in a Cayenne Corn Purée


You are going to love this Pan-Seared Scallops in a Cayenne Corn Purée recipe! This seafood dish showcases the delicate sweetness of succulent scallops with a fiery kick from cayenne pepper, all atop a velvety bed of creamy corn purée. With its perfect balance of textures and tastes, this scallop recipe is sure to become your new favorite. 


  • 12, U10-12 dry-packed scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • 4 cobs of fresh corn, with kernels removed (see notes for substitutions)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons crisp bacon pieces, optional
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. In a pot, add the corn, butter, heavy whipping cream, salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil and boil hard for about 5 minutes.
  3. While the corn mixture is boiling, prep the scallops by removing the foot (the muscle on the side of the scallop).
  4. Pat the scallops dry. Season on all sides with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat the butter in the pan to a medium/medium-high.
  6. Turn down the heat on the corn as you are searing the scallops.
  7. Place half of the scallops and do not touch until ready to flip. This should take 2-3 minutes.
  8. Flip and sear the other side for just a minute.
  9. Reserve onto a plate as you finish searing the remaining scallops.
  10. Once all of the scallops have been seared, blend the corn mixture with an immersion blender until creamy.
  11. Optionally, pass the purée through a mesh strainer for a smoother purée (I do not do this, I rather like the bits of corn floating in the purée).
  12. Spoon the corn purée onto a plate and top each plate with 3 seared scallops (assuming you are serving four people).
  13. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and crisp bacon pieces (optional)
  14. ENJOY!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Seafood