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Seared Scallops with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado Puree

This recipe for seared scallops with bacon, tomato, and avocado puree is courtesy of Elizabeth Falkner.

  • servings: 4




  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar or corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium Hass avocado, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Butter, cooled
  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch-long pieces
  • 6 to 8 sea scallops
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup red or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 lovage leaves or celery leaves, torn
  • Fleur de sel


  1. Step 1

    In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, agave nectar, vanilla, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle in extra-virgin olive oil, while continuing to whisk, until an emulsion has formed. Set vinaigrette aside.

  2. Step 2

    Remove flesh from avocado and place in the jar of a blender along with 1 teaspoon salt, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons water, olive oil, and brown butter; blend until smooth.

  3. Step 3

    Place bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon, turning, until fat has been rendered, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon from skillet; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

  4. Step 4

    Pour off bacon fat from skillet and discard. Return skillet to stove and place over high heat. Season scallops with salt and pepper; add to skillet. Sear scallops 1 minute, add butter and turn scallops; sear 1 minute more. Remove pan from heat.

  5. Step 5

    Spread a spoonful of avocado puree on each serving plate. Divide scallops evenly between plates; drizzle with vinaigrette. In a medium bowl, add bacon, tomatoes, lovage, and remaining vinaigrette; toss to combine. Divide evenly between plates, season with fleur de sel, and serve immediately.

The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2008



Reviews (2)

  • Jenna_T 11 Apr, 2009

    We have had great success with most of the recipes on here, but this one just didn't do it for us.

  • Jenna_T 11 Apr, 2009

    We have had great success with most of the recipes on here, but this one just didn't do it for us.