Caitlin Bensel
Hands-On Time
15 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 4

A list of the reasons to cook this simple seafood recipe reads like a brag sheet. The pairing of melted leeks with juicy scallops and a spicy olive relish is elegant and original, and it comes together in just twenty minutes! Not to mention, this dinner is healthful, too. Pair with a crisp white wine like Vermentino or Chablis, and enjoy this restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home. Shopping tip: Castelvetranos are a buttery, green variety of olive that are worth seeking out for their mild, salty flavor. If you can’t find them, Cerignolas are a decent substitute.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together olives, chile, lemon zest and juice, 1 tablespoon oil, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.

Step 2

Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium. Add leeks, garlic, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 12 to 16 minutes. Divide mixture among plates. Wipe skillet clean.

Step 3

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over high. Season scallops with remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add scallops to skillet and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and mostly opaque, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Serve scallops over leeks with olive mixture and parsley.

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