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Dec 1, 2012 03:09 PM

My 1st ginormous scallops - how long to sear?

We are somewhat creatures of habit in my house and every Saturday night is seared tuna and scallops. I usually use U10-16 scallops which tend to be on the smaller side of that range (more U16 than U10). I ran into the grocery store this morning to grab an apple and spotted the most amazing-looking scallops which I could not resist. They are U6-8. I love simple scallops, perfectly medium-rare and plan to sear on a hot cast iron pan-quick and simple and the entire meal usually takes less than 3 minutes to cook. As a fan of medium-rare and not rare scallops, any ideas how long to sear these huge pieces of seafood gloriousness? 3 minutes on each side too long?

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  1. Since they are larger, you do not want to use the highest the sear will make the delicate flesh tougher. Watch the they become opaque up the sides....flip when it reachs halfway up and note the time. for the following side....less 15-30 seconds.

    1. I think mine took 3 minutes then 2.

      1. I'd use a rip roaring hot cast iron pan, 2-3 min each side.

        1. When they are that big it's easier to get a good crust on one side before flipping and still have them rare to med/rare in the middle.

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            1. re: fldhkybnva

              I do. Same with fish. Get a good crust on one side the finish on the other. Serve crust side up

              1. re: scubadoo97

                Ditto. I usually do half as long on the second side - in this case, I'd try maybe 4 mins on the first side and 2 on the second, but even that might be too long if your pan is really ripping.

          1. To be on the safe side, do a test run with 1. I do 1 minute, 15 seconds per side with huge scallops, but I tend toward the less-done range. If you have excellent, super-fresh scallops, they don't really need to be cooked at all.

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            1. re: pikawicca

              It also depends on the temp they are and how hot the pan is, of course.

              1. re: pikawicca

                OP said they didn't like rare. More toward med/rare to med

                At 30 sec total on a very large scallop it's going to be rare. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Just not what the OP asked

                1. re: scubadoo97

                  Don't know where you got 30 seconds, I certainly did not recommend this.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Sorry didn't see the 1 min. My bad and sorry for the rap! Didn't catch the second 1 in your post. I can't frikin read. But then I also like them rare.