Brown Butter Scallops

Prep Time:
15 minutes 

Cook Time:
1 hour

Total Time:
1 hour, 15 minutes


Brown Butter Scallops

An elegant presentation with a sweet potato basil mash and a roasted garlic lemon butter sauce.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.  Cut ends off garlic and place on a 4x4-inch sheet of aluminum foil.  Pour oil over top and close foil to create a pouch. Bake for 30 minutes or until soft.  Remove cloves from skin, reserve.
  2. Wrap sweet potato in aluminum foil, add to oven and bake for 45 minutes or until soft.
  3. Remove skin from potato and place potato in a small bowl. Add 3 cloves roasted garlic, 2 tablespoons heavy cream, 3 tablespoons butter, basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mash to desired consistency.
  4. In a small saucepan, add remaining heavy cream and lemon halves. Simmer over medium heat until bubbly and thickened. Add remaining roasted garlic.
  5. Lower heat and add one tablespoon butter, whisking constantly. As the first tablespoon of butter begins to melt, whisk in another until 9 tablespoons of butter have been added and sauce has emulsified.  Remove from heat and strain. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Remove foot from scallops and season with desired amount of salt and pepper on both sides.
  7. Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining butter, heat until golden brown. Add scallops and sear for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown.
  8. To plate, place mash on platter and top with scallops, drizzle with sauce and garnish with green onions.

TIP: Using chilled butter will enrich and thicken the sauce as the fats melt at a controlled rate, leaving a glossy sauce that isn't greasy. Leftover sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week or frozen for 4 weeks.  This sauce is great on seafood, vegetables and chicken.

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen