- Course: Main Course
- Total Time: Under 30 Minutes
- Skill Level: Easy
- Cost: Moderate
- Favorited: 52 Times
Succulent scallops with a hint of chile and lime make this a perfect pasta dish for lunch, dinner, or entertaining. Good with crusty bread and a side salad of arugula with shavings of Parmesan.
- 1 lb (450g) dried linguine
- 2 limes
- 1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra for brushing
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 fresh hot red chile, seeds removed, and finely chopped
- 12 large sea scallops
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Large frying pan or ridged grill pan
1. Cook the linguine in boiling, salted water according to package directions, or until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
2. While the pasta is cooking, grate the zest and squeeze the juice from 1 of the limes. Whisk the lime juice and olive oil together in a small bowl. Stir in the chile, and half of the cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the lime mixture with the linguine.
3. Heat a large, heavy frying pan, or ridged grill pan over high heat. Brush the scallops with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Add to the pan, and sear the scallops for 3 minutes, turning once.
4. Divide the linguine between 4 serving plates and arrange the scallops on top. Cut the remaining lime into wedges. Serve immediately, with lime wedges.
The dressing in step 2 can be made an hour ahead.
© 2008 Dorling Kindersley
Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.