Scallops with Corn and Pepper Sauce

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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. 

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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 🙂

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Summer 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.

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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.

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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.

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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


  1. Brush the corn and pepper with some oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Roast it at 400 F for about 40 minutes, turning it half-way though.
  3. Remove the kernels and grind it to a smooth puree.
  4. In a pan, add 1tbs butter, flour and cook for about 3 minutes.
  5. Add puree and milk to the pan and mix them properly.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Add cumin powder and chilly powder and cook for another 4 minutes.
  7. Finally, add the lemon juice, give it a mix and keep it aside. Your sauce is done.
  8. 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.
  9. Once done, keep it aside.
  10. Using a paper towel, pat dry the scallops. Dust it with some salt and pepper.
  11. Heat another pan with 1 tbs butter and once it hot enough, put the scallops.
  12. After about 2 minutes, turn it to the other side and cook for another 1 minute.
  13. In a serving platter, add some sauce in the base.
  14. On top of the sauce, arrange some bok choy followed by some onions.
  15. Arrange the scallops on top of it and add some more sauce on top.
  16. Garnish with some more onions and serve it hot.

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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

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  • anh
    August 17, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    oh my! I am loving that exquisite sauce!

  • Christine
    August 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Looks wonderful. Love it. Nice photos.

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    August 17, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    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
    August 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    This looks mouthwatering…YUM YUM

  • Vimitha
    August 17, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    That looks just like a restaurant dish… Perfect…

  • Divya
    August 17, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    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
    August 17, 2011 at 9:07 PM

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

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    August 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    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!

  • Sarah@buttered-up
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    August 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    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
    August 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM

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

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    August 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    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
    August 17, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    that looks soo good, girl!

  • sayantani
    August 17, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    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
    August 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM

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

  • Spandana
    August 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

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

  • purabi naha
    purabi naha
    August 18, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      Sent you an email Purabi .. hope that helps 🙂

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    August 18, 2011 at 1:03 AM

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

  • Shinta
    August 18, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM

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

  • Maris (In Good Taste
    Maris (In Good Taste
    August 18, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    Gorgeous photos of a perfect meal

  • Joanne
    August 18, 2011 at 3:59 AM

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

  • Christine
    August 18, 2011 at 4:43 AM

    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
    August 18, 2011 at 5:09 AM

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

  • Krithi
    August 18, 2011 at 5:34 AM

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

  • Tiffany
    August 18, 2011 at 6:04 AM

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

  • Malli
    August 18, 2011 at 6:17 AM

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

  • nisha
    August 18, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    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

  • Heather @girlichef
    Heather @girlichef
    August 18, 2011 at 6:45 AM

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

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    August 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM

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

  • sarah
    August 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    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
    Eva Toneva
    August 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Looks fantastic! Tasty and very beautiful!

  • Kate@Diethood
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    August 18, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    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
    August 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    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!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    August 18, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    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!

  • Anita Menon
    Anita Menon
    August 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

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

    The plate looks so appetizing.

    Bon Appetite!

  • Jamie @ Wokintime
    Jamie @ Wokintime
    August 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    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
    August 18, 2011 at 2:34 PM

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

  • Luv'n Spoonfuls
    Luv'n Spoonfuls
    August 18, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    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
    August 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Look amazing!!!gloria

  • torviewtoronto
    August 18, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    love the beautiful scallops delicious colourful presentation

  • Kelly
    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    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).

  • Lolly @ Lolly's Sweet Treats
    Lolly @ Lolly's Sweet Treats
    August 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

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

  • Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    August 18, 2011 at 8:05 PM

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

  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    August 18, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    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
    August 18, 2011 at 10:46 PM

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

  • daksha
    August 19, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Mouthwatering snaps.

  • the good soup
    the good soup
    August 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    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

  • Jana @ delectably mine
    Jana @ delectably mine
    August 19, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    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
    August 19, 2011 at 5:22 AM

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

  • Suman Singh
    Suman Singh
    August 19, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    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!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    August 19, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    They look AMAZING! Simply STUNNING!

  • aipi
    August 19, 2011 at 7:05 AM

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

  • bakerbynature
    August 19, 2011 at 8:10 AM

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

  • Suzi
    August 19, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    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!

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    August 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM

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

  • sukanya
    August 19, 2011 at 1:46 PM

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

  • Simply Life
    Simply Life
    August 20, 2011 at 5:37 AM

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

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    August 20, 2011 at 5:57 AM

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

  • Ameena
    August 20, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    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
    August 20, 2011 at 4:13 PM

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



  • Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    August 20, 2011 at 4:26 PM

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

  • lisaiscooking
    August 20, 2011 at 5:02 PM

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

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    August 20, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    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
    August 21, 2011 at 12:48 AM

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

  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    August 21, 2011 at 3:22 AM

    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…!

  • nancy at good food matters
    nancy at good food matters
    August 22, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    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
    August 22, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    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
    August 27, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    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!