Made this last night and it was delicious. I prepped everything ahead...even made the butter (which I halved), so that all I had to do was sear the scallops, and wilt the bokchoy. If you like Asian food, this is a keeper!!!


Sauteed Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms with Seared Sesame-Crusted Scallops and Ginger Butter Sauce
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2003


Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Medium
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
User Rating: 5 Stars




2 large egg whites
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup black sesame seeds
1/3 cup white sesame seeds
1 pound sea scallops, wiped dry
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons chopped shallots
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
3 bunches baby bok choy, stalks and leaves separated, well rinsed and drained, sliced 1/4-inch thick
6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean, and sliced
1/2 cup vegetable stock or water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Ginger butter sauce, recipe follows
Chives, garnish

In a bowl, beat the egg whites until smooth. In another bowl, place the flour, and in a third bowl, combine the seeds.

Lightly dredge the scallops first in flour, then in the egg whites, then in the seeds, turning to coat on both sides. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the bok choy stems and mushrooms and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the bok choy leaves, stock and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until wilted and the liquid is nearly evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

In a large clean saute pan or skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the coated scallops in batches and sear on the first side for about 2 minutes, then turn and cook for about 1 minute on the second side.

Arrange the bok choy mixture in the center of 4 plates. Arrange the scallops on top and drizzle with the ginger butter sauce. Garnish with chives and serve immediately.

Ginger Butter Sauce:
2 tablespoons minced shallots
4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch cayenne

In a medium saute pan, combine the shallots, ginger, wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced in by 1/2, about 2 minutes.

Whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, adding each piece before the previous piece has been completely incorporated. Continue until all the butter is incorporated and the sauce coats the back of a spoon, removing the pan from the heat periodically to prevent the sauce from getting too hot and breaking. Whisk in the salt, and cayenne and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a clean pan. Cover to keep warm while cooking the scallops