There is nothing quite so elegant as a plated dish of scallops. Pair this dish with a simple vegetable such as roasted asparagus or sautéed green beans and shallots. Round off the meal with a nice-but-simple rice pilaf to gather up the wine sauce.
1 large lemon
1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1 tablespoon butter, divided
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil*
Finely grate lemon rind, reserving 1/4 teaspoon. Squeeze lemon, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle scallops with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Melt 2 teaspoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add scallops; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove scallops from pan; keep warm. Add wine and reserved lemon juice to pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes, stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of pan. Combine water and cornstarch; add to pan. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken. Add reserved lemon rind, remaining 1 teaspoon butter, remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and basil. Remove from heat. Pour over scallops and serve immediately.
*If fresh basil is not your favorite fresh herb, you can use another, such as tarragon, if desired.
Per Serving: 215 Calories; 4g Fat (20.5% calories from fat); 2g Saturated Fat; 29g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 64mg Cholesterol; 440mg Sodium.
Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat.
Recipe is heart healthy and diabetic friendly.
Recipe courtesy of LowFatLifestyle.com. Visit them for more free recipes and healthy-cooking tips.