Stir-Fried Scallops With Leeks

Course : Seafoods
Serves: 4
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1 pound fresh scallops
1 pound leeks
1 1/2 tablespoons oil -- preferably peanut
2 tablespoons scallions -- coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon garlic -- coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh ginger -- finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons chili bean sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine or dry sherry
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Preparation / Directions:

If the scallops are very large, cut them in half. They are cooked when they are slightly firm to the touch. I find scallops at their best when they are just barely cooked through. DRY THE SCALLOPS WITH PAPER TOWELS and set aside. Trim the leeks and discard any yellow parts. Cut the leeks at the point where they begin to turn green and discard the green parts. Split the white parts in half. Cut the white parts of the leeks at a slight diagonal into 2-inch segments. Wash them well, several times, in cold water. Heat a wok or large frying pan until it is hot, then add the oil, leeks, scallions, garlic, ginger and salt and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the sauce ingredients and stir-fry the mixture for 3 minutes. Lastly, add the scallops and continue to stir-fry for 4 more minutes, or until the scallops are just cooked. Serve at once.

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