Scallops Pacifica

Scallops Pacifica
This fresh and easy scallop recipe is the perfect Summer starter

To make Scallops Pacifica, make the chilli dressing with green chillies and lime juice, and mix it with the vermicelli noodles. Quickly fry scallops on both sides until caramelised. Deglaze the pan with butter, honey and marsala wine. Serve the noodles on scallop shells, top with melt in your mouth scallops, drizzled with marsala wine sauce and garnish with fresh coriander leaves, microgreens, lime wedges.

Scallops Pacifica Recipe

Serves 8


24-36 fresh large queen scallops, coral trimmed

200g gluten-free rice vermicelli noodles

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp manuka honey

3 tbsp marsala wine or dry sherry

1 cup fresh herbs such as coriander, Vietnamese mint or microgreens

Chilli dressing

2-3 green chilli, finely diced

2 limes, zest and juice

2 tbsp finely chopped coriander

1 tsp golden caster sugar

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted


Trim scallops of any loose membranes. Keep the coral on or trim off, according to your preference. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside in fridge.

Place noodles in a large bowl and add boiling water. Leave to soak until tender but not too soft, about 15-20 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain well.

To make chilli dressing, mix together chilli, lime zest and juice, coriander, sugar, ½ tsp salt and oil in a large bowl. Add noodles and toss with dressing.

Heat a heavy-based frying pan with a little oil. Quickly fry scallops on either side, cooking 1 minute each side, but no longer. Remove to a warm dish and cover. In the same frying pan, melt butter and honey until frothy. Add marsala wine and reduce.

Spoon some of the noodles onto serving plates or in scallop half shells. Top with 3-4 scallops, drizzle over the wine sauce.

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, microgreens, lime wedges.

Smart Tip:

It’s always better to undercook, rather than overcook scallops, leaving the centre still translucent, as they will continue to cook in the residual heat once they are removed from the pan.


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