When buying sea scallops, pick the firmest, freshest available, and use as soon as possible (after removing the little hard white side muscle with a sharp knife).

Martha Stewart Living, Spring 1991, Martha Stewart Living, Spring 1991


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  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Wrap the red beets in a foil packet and roast for 1 1/2 hours, or until soft. Boil the baby golden beets in salted water for 10 minutes, and cool immediately in ice water. Peel the beets and cut into thin disks; put red beets in a shallow bowl with 4 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar and yellow beets in a separate bowl with 1 tablespoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons water.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil in a large saute pan. Lightly flour the scallops. Saute them over high heat until browned, about 4 to 6 minutes. Do not crowd the scallops--saute them in 2 or 3 batches. (Use another tablespoon of peanut oil for each additional batch.) When golden brown, turn them and cook 2 minutes more; then set aside in a warm oven (250 degrees).

  • When all the scallops are sauteed, pour off any remaining oil. Add the red and golden beets and cook for 30 seconds over high heat. Add the spinach, orache, remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons of vinegar, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. Turn the spinach until slightly softened. Serve immediately, topped with the scallops.