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Seared Scallops and Prawns with Coconut Sauce and Tomato Mint Salsa

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Tomato Mint Salsa:

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1 small red onion, diced 

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Juice and zest of one lemon

Juice and zest of one lemon 

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 

Kosher salt 

Coconut Sauce:

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped 

2 tablespoons paprika 

1 tablespoon ground turmeric 

1 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon green cardamom powder 

1/3 cup tomato paste 

One 14-ounce can coconut milk 

Kosher salt

Scallops and Prawns:

1 1/2 teaspoons dried fenugreek leaves

1 teaspoon dried oregano 

1 teaspoon garam masala 

1 teaspoon smoked paprika 

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

12 medium sea scallops 

1/4 cup olive oil 

12 extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined 

Zest of one lime 


  1. For the tomato mint salsa: Combine the tomatoes, onion, mint, lemon juice and zest and paprika in a bowl. Mix with a spoon and season with salt.
  2. For the coconut sauce: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, paprika, turmeric, cumin and cardamom and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another minute. Add the coconut milk and whisk until well blended. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Season with salt.
  3. For the scallops and prawns: On a shallow plate, combine the fenugreek leaves, oregano, garam masala, paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder and mix well. Dip one side of each scallop into the spice mixture.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the scallops, spice-side down until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Gently turn the scallops over and cook the other side until browned, about 3 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside. Cook the shrimp in the same skillet until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  5. Line up four dinner plates and spoon a few tablespoons of the coconut sauce onto each plate. Place 3 scallops on top of the sauce on each plate and stack three shrimp on top of the scallops. Sprinkle the lime zest onto the plates. Spoon some tomato salsa onto each plate and serve immediately.