Scallops with Corn and Pepper Sauce

I am a seafood lover. Give me fish in any form.. grill, baked, steamed or fried.. I will always enjoy it. As a kid, I didn’t eat any shell fish, thought it was very unappetizing!  My mom always prefer fresh water fish but this time when I visit them, I will make them try some scallops for sure, if not any other shell fish.

Last weekend, we saw these gorgeous scallops in our local market, they were shinning white. There was no way I could have ignored it and immediately bought a pound. I had no clue what I was making with it but few ideas were constantly running through my mind. 


I bored Arvind a lot with my ideas and to shut me up, he finally added some of his own and we came up with this simple dish, which was sweet, spicy and delicious. The sauce was totally his idea 🙂

Summer Fest LogoSummer is in full swing and Food Network is kicking it off with Summer Fest! Every other week, an interesting seasonal produce is featured and we cook something new to share with everyone. This is the first time I am joining the group with this week’s theme.. Corn.

At first, I wanted to make Corn Masala, something I enjoyed a lot in Bangalore. It’s healthy, super-easy to make and almost like a salad except that it has only spice and no other vegetables. I changed my mind after Arvind discussed the idea of sauce with me and I could almost taste it. I knew it will go very well with the pan fried scallops.

These days, corns taste like candies. As I was roasting the corn and the pepper, the entire house was smelling of sweet corn. I had no intention to add any spice to the sauce but it was a little too sweet for a savory dish and so, had to add some chilly and cumin powder to balance out the sweetness.

Frying scallops hardly takes any time but the technique is very critical. An overcooked scallop tastes horrible, gets chewy and becomes inedible.


Scallops with Corn and Pepper Sauce

Serving Size: 2

Scallops with Corn and Pepper Sauce


    For the sauce
  • 1 corn, husk removed
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs chilly powder
  • juice of half lemon
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • For the Final Plating
  • 6 piece scallops
  • 10 to 12 baby bok choy
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbs butter
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chilly powder


  • Brush the corn and pepper with some oil, salt and pepper.
  • Roast it at 400 F for about 40 minutes, turning it half-way though.
  • Remove the kernels and grind it to a smooth puree.
  • In a pan, add 1tbs butter, flour and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add puree and milk to the pan and mix them properly.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Add cumin powder and chilly powder and cook for another 4 minutes.
  • Finally, add the lemon juice, give it a mix and keep it aside. Your sauce is done.
  • In another pan, add some oil and saute the bok choy and onions separately. Don't cook for more than 4 minutes - keep the crunchy bite and don't make it soggy.
  • Once done, keep it aside.
  • Using a paper towel, pat dry the scallops. Dust it with some salt and pepper.
  • Heat another pan with 1 tbs butter and once it hot enough, put the scallops.
  • After about 2 minutes, turn it to the other side and cook for another 1 minute.
  • In a serving platter, add some sauce in the base.
  • On top of the sauce, arrange some bok choy followed by some onions.
  • Arrange the scallops on top of it and add some more sauce on top.
  • Garnish with some more onions and serve it hot.

Please visit my fellow friends who participated in the SummerFest and check out their corn dishes…

Dishin and Dishes: Kicked Up Creamed Corn From Scratch
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Fresh Corn Salsa with Basil and Mint
Zaika Zabardast: Fresh Corn Risotto
What’s Gaby Cooking: Spicy Corn Salsa
CIA Dropout: Truffle Roasted Corn Kohlrabi Soup
Cooking Channel: Fresh Corn Muffins
Food for 7 Stages of Life: Corn on the Cob Korma
Daily*Dishin: Sweet Corn and Couscous Main Dish Salad
Pinch My Salt: Peter Reinhart’s Fresh Cut Corn Bread with Bacon
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Corn & Watermelon Salad
Virtually Homemade: Summer Corn Salad
Food2: Creamed Corn Cornbread
Virtually Vegan Mama: Thai Corn Soup
Spices N Aroma: Corn Pilaf
The Sensitive Epicure: Fresh Corn Fritters with Chive Lemon Chipotle Yogurt (Gluten-Free)
Dixie Chik Cooks: Fresh Corn with Basil Slaw and Feta
Cooking With Books: Corn Favorites
Purple Cook: Corn on the Cob with Cilantro
Glory Foods: Skillet Corn Muffins
Cooking With My Kid: Fresh Corn Chive Potato Pancakes

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anh says:

oh my! I am loving that exquisite sauce!

Christine says:

Looks wonderful. Love it. Nice photos.

This meal look super yum..As far as seafood goes, I love only fish & shrimps but other than that cant eat anything…I want seafood without the smell of sea..weird no? I ll try this sauce with shrimps!! Good one girl!

aarthi says:

This looks mouthwatering…YUM YUM

Vimitha says:

That looks just like a restaurant dish… Perfect…

Divya says:

Hey Kankana! This looks soooooo good! It’s such a creative take on scallops. I haven’t ever cooked scallops at home – maybe it’s about time I try. 🙂

Manu says:

This dish is a masterpiece. I am not a big fan of shellfish myself, but that sauce looks mouth watering!!! 🙂

This looks so beautiful Kankana! I am a huge fan of scallops, though they are so expensive and I don’t normally have access to fresh ones. I am looking forward to making this the next time I splurge on some fresh seafood!

Really good stuff. I wouldn’t ever think of pairing corn with scallops but it looks so yummy. I want to be invited over. 🙂 Over the years, I’ve grown to love many kinds of fish and shellfish, prepared in different ways. I personally love how we fry fish in cumin and garlic back home in Egypt. We make it with an onion rice. Hmm, should make that to share on my blog. Thanks for inspiring me, K. Lovely work as always. xx.

rinku says:

Amazing pictures! Lovely dish, scallops and corn make an interesting pairing.

I am a big fan of anything seafood, and that of course includes shellfish. Seeing this scallop dish of yours makes my mouth water! It looks so beautiful, Kankana!

Manju says:

that looks soo good, girl!

sayantani says:

my husband will lick the plate clean if this is offered to him. he loves scallops and you made it the best I have ever seen Kankana.

Reem says:

This looks beautiful Kankana…. I can eat whole in one go. Drooling…..

Spandana says:

Love love love the pics… can u see me drooling 🙂

Kankana, I loved this post!! I love the fact that you are really flexible with your ingredients…Great post! Yummy…
Buzzed you too!!
How do you submit your post to food network? by leaving the link of your recipe as a comment? Please let me know. Shall be thankful to you for that! Have a great day!! 🙂

Kankana says:

Sent you an email Purabi .. hope that helps 🙂

I like the corny part 😉 since am a hard core corn fan. The sauce is lovely.

Shinta says:

Wow, being a seafood lover myself, I am smitten by this, have never tried scallops, and now I simply must. BTW, have you ever tried cooking with lobsters? That’s another thing I have never ventured into, and would love to try someday. Cheers!

Kankana says:

No haven’t tried lobster .. still quite intimidated by it .. but definitely wanna try some day 🙂

Gorgeous photos of a perfect meal

Joanne says:

Scallops always seem so summery to me! I love the sauce in this!

Christine says:

Hi Kankana!
I never cooked corn on the cob except in soup. This has shown me that you can make a puree with corn. Furtermore we love scallops! It really looks delicious. It is definitely on my list of recipes to try. As i am sure it will be as good as the recipe you gave me of stuffed mouse melon I should not wait too long!

Sarah says:

this is so lovely and so stylishly presented! would love to have some!

Krithi says:

Awesome presentation Kankana.. Haven’t tried Scallops..

Tiffany says:

I don’t know what I want more… the corn or the pepper sauce! 😀

Malli says:

Those are some gorgeous pictures. But that serving looks like it was served at a gourmet restaurant especially the corn-pepper sauce!! Awesome..

nisha says:

i actually am not a seafood lover but ive begun to like scallops…although ive only tried making one recipe so far at home..scallops in a black bean sauce.
I have heard it pairs well with chorizo

Mmmm…this is a very eye-catching dish! That sauce sounds amazing…and the scallops look perfect.

This looks amazing, like something I’d order at a restaurant!

sarah says:

Gorgeous! We get tons of fresh scallops here in Seattle so this is definitely going into my aresenal- love the sauce with the corn and pepper too!!

Eva Toneva says:

Looks fantastic! Tasty and very beautiful!

That’s beautiful!! I love the photos…especially the one where you’re cutting the corn…wish I was there to catch the kernels! 🙂

Sissi says:

Looks fabulous! I am a huge scallops fan too! They are versatile aren’t they? It even doesn’t surprise me they go well with an Indian vegetable side-dish. You have just given me an idea of an experiment… Thank you for the inspiration!

Kankana, this dish looks like from fancy restaurant! I love how you presented food here. We always buy scallops and always in the freezer and like to add it for a lot of dishes. I love the sauce…must go well with scallop. I always enjoy your photos Kankana. What a great work!

I always always wanted to try scallops. I hope I do one day.

The plate looks so appetizing.

Bon Appetite!

I swear everytime I come here I’m floored by your photography. I love the photo of you slicing the corn! This dish looks amazing and I love scallops. I’m so used to having our scallops deep fried with panko this is a nice change.

Soma says:

I do not eat scallops. But these look so darn good! love your creation and everything in it.

This looks so delicious…your photos are amazing. I love scallops and I think the sauce sounds like a perfect foil for the tender meat. Beautiful post!

gloria says:

Look amazing!!!gloria

love the beautiful scallops delicious colourful presentation

Kelly says:

Oh…. these scallops look beyond delicious. We are heading to Maine shortly and I am bringing this recipe with me – BEAUTIFUL!! (love the corn pepper sauce).

Wow- those scallops (and pictures) look absolutely divine. I, too, am a seafood lover and my mouth is watering! 🙂

That is one ingenious sauce recipe. I never had intention of buying scallops. But after seeing your post I am reconsidering my decision.

beautiful photography!! wowzers. especially the one cutting corn and the picture of the row of scallops right after the corn pic! just found u on facebook!

Eftychia says:

Sea food is perfect, especially during summer. Your recipe looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

daksha says:

Mouthwatering snaps.

mmm, sounds like you cooked those little guys to perfection. Well done Kankana. I love scallops so much. In fact, I think they are my favourite seafood. I’ve been a little reticent to buy them lately, though, as I’m not sure how sustainable a fishing industry they are. I haven’t researched them well, yet. I’m hoping, SO HOPING, that they are a sustainable seafood so I have an excuse to eat then ALL THE TIME! In the restaurant I used to work in in Vietnam, we used to clean the scallops ourselves, and their little curly skirts (which are always removed from the clean scallops you see at fish markets) we’d cook up in a dish for the kitchen staff- stir fried with garlic, really simple. SO delicious. If you ever seem scallops in the shells, try this out, I think you’ll love it. x

Wow, scallops and fresh corn, it doesn’t get much better than that. I also am a huge seafood fan and you are making my mouth water!

Tes says:

Wow this looks so delicious 🙂 Too bad I can’t find scallop anywhere around here 🙁

I’m speechless and can’t find the words to tell you how gorgeous this looks..You’re so awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe..have a nice weekend!

They look AMAZING! Simply STUNNING!

aipi says:

Looks absolutely amazing ~ a dish straight from an upscale restuarant! A real winner!

What a gorgeous meal- I cannot get enough seafood in my life!

Suzi says:

Oh my gosh, this looks so scrumptious and your photos are so true to life they look good enough to eat. Just love it. Thanks!

Gorgeous clicks and you make me want to grab that platter now!

sukanya says:

that sauce is really looking awesome and with corn definitely a great combo…scallops are looking super tempting

WOW! GORGEOUS photos! this looks straight from a magazine and restaurant!!!

The sauce sounds really amazing! Love the combination of corn and scallops.

Ameena says:

I can eat fish in any form as well…and I have a weakness for scallops! These look divine.

PS – love the action shot of the corn. So cool!

Rosa says:

What a beautiful combination! Scallops are so scrummy. Wonderful.



I adore scallop dishes and especially love your corn and pepper sauce.

Two of my favorite things together are scallops and corn. This sounds fantastic. A great summer meal!

I saved the best for last..:)) I had to catch up on my inbox posts:)) This looks amazing Kankana..very beautiful and colorful, and tasty too! Great recipe sweetie!

Kalyan says:

This one looks so fresh, yummy and easy to make…can’t wait to taste it!

I heart shellfish. Any shell fish for that matter 🙂 I’m so looking forward to my visit home to experience a lot of local seafood delicacies. It’s so true that if you cook them too long they turn rubbery and chewy. Anyways, loved the sound of your dish. Just looking at the clicks make me so hungry…!

so beautiful—I can see why my scallops with corn in tomato-pepper broth resonated with you.
and you are right, corn is like candy, right off the cob in summer.
lovely presentation. good luck!

tigerfish says:

I am also a seafood lover, including scallops, of course! I bought a 1-lb bag of jumbo scallops recently 😀

Love your interesting take , making corn masala!

athena says:

We are HUGE seafood lovers and scallops is one of our faves. I (or rather, my hubby) would agree with your statement that the technique for cooking scallops is critical — he’s learned the hard way. Will definitely try your recipe. The sauce looks amazing and definitely up our alley!