Scallops Luxe in Saffron Cream Sauce

Indulge in the luxurious flavors of perfectly seared scallops bathed in a rich saffron cream sauce. This recipe elevates seafood to a whole new level of elegance and taste.

Ingredients:

  • 12 large scallops, patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Start by preparing the saffron cream sauce. In a small bowl, combine the saffron threads with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes to release the flavor and color.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the scallops generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Once the oil is hot, add the scallops to the skillet, making sure not to overcrowd them. Sear the scallops for 2-3 minutes on each side until they develop a golden crust. Transfer the seared scallops to a plate and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Pour in the white wine and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, allowing it to reduce slightly.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour in the heavy cream along with the saffron-infused water. Stir well to combine.
  6. Allow the sauce to simmer gently for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly and the flavors meld together.
  7. Once the sauce has thickened, whisk in the butter until it melts completely, adding richness and gloss to the sauce.
  8. Return the seared scallops to the skillet, nestling them into the saffron cream sauce. Spoon some of the sauce over the scallops to coat them evenly.
  9. Let the scallops simmer gently in the sauce for another 2-3 minutes, just until they are heated through.
  10. To serve, transfer the scallops to a serving platter or individual plates, spooning the saffron cream sauce over them. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness.
  11. Enjoy your Scallops Luxe in Saffron Cream Sauce with crusty bread or over a bed of cooked pasta or rice for a truly decadent dining experience. Buon appetito!

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