Pan-fried scallops with cauliflower vanilla purée

Pan-fried scallops with cauliflower vanilla purée

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Serves 2
Vanilla pairs beautifully with the creamy mellow flavour of cauliflower and the sweetness of caramelised scallops

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal354
  • fat25g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein25g
  • salt1.12g
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  • 140g cauliflower, cut into small florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 150ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • ½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 2 knobs of unsalted butter
  • 4 slices pancetta



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • drizzle maple syrup
  • 50g fresh porcini or chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 6 scallop, with or without roe, it's up to you


    Skol-ips, Skal-ips

    This is the bi-valve shellfish with a flat, fanned bottom shell and domed fan shaped upper shell…

  • a few chives, snipped, to serve


  1. Put the cauliflower, milk, vanilla pod and its seeds into a small saucepan with a pinch of salt. Cover and simmer for 10 mins until the cauliflower is tender. Drain the cauliflower, reserving the milk and discarding the vanilla pod. Whizz the cauliflower until smooth in a food processor, adding a knob of butter, seasoning and enough reserved milk to make a nice, smooth consistency. This can be made up to a day ahead, then reheated in a pan or microwave.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cover a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper, lay the pancetta on top and cook for 8-10 mins until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper, drizzle with maple syrup and set aside until serving. 3 Fry the porcini in half the olive oil in a hot pan for about 4 mins until starting to brown. Keep warm.

  3. Heat the remaining oil and butter in a frying pan and season the scallops. Fry the scallops for 1-1½ mins on each side over a high heat until caramelised. To assemble, spoon the purée onto plates, top with porcini, scallops and pancetta, then sprinkle with chives.

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Comments (4)

Birkit's picture

Great starter, we do leave the mushroom out though.

andyholland's picture

Fantastic starter, our guests loved it, we made too much purée so froze it, even better second time around.

katieb47's picture

Saw this recipe and thought it would be a good starter when I have guests over the Christmas period so had a trial this evening - was very simple and very tasty! Points to note - think it needed a little more salt and a bit more vanilla (my vanilla pod was small so I think I should have used a whole one). My puree wasn't quite smooth enough but can easily whizz it more next time (used a hand blender). Nice and light too, which is a bonus during the over indulgence at Christmas. Definitely one to add to my repertoire.

amandathomas's picture

excellent starter really impressed my friends

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