Fried Scallops with Bibb and Fennel Salad

  • Yield : 4 servings
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 40m
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Fat

    16 grams
  • Saturated Fat

    2 grams
  • Cholesterol

    37 milligrams
  • Sodium

    864 milligrams
  • Carbohydrate

    23 grams
  • Fiber

    4 grams
  • Protein

    21 grams
  • Sugar

    4 grams


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small bulb fennel
  • 1 1/4 pounds medium sea scallops, "foot" muscle removed
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives


Step 1

Heat 2 inches vegetable oil (about 3 1/2 cups) in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. Soak the sliced fennel in a bowl of ice water; set aside.

Step 2

Toss the scallops with 1/2 cup buttermilk and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl; set aside. Make the dressing: Puree the remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil with the parsley, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a blender until smooth; set aside. Mix the cornmeal, flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a shallow baking dish.

Step 3

Drain the scallops from the buttermilk, dredge in the cornmeal mixture to coat and transfer to a plate. Fry the scallops in two batches until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a rack set on a baking sheet; season with salt. Return the oil to 375 degrees F between batches.

Step 4

Drain the fennel and pat dry with paper towels. Combine the fennel, lettuce, radishes and chives in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss; season with salt and pepper. Divide the salad among bowls and top with the scallops and fennel fronds.

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