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Seared Scallops with Fava Bean Puree

Seared Scallops with Fava Bean Purée

  • Yield: 4 appetizer servings or 2 main dish servings 1x


Seared Scallops with Fava Bean Purée sure sounds formal and perhaps even complicated but I promise you it’s neither.




  • 1 cup fava beans, shelled
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic scapes, chopped (or 2 garlic cloves minced)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. In a pot of boiling water, add the fava beans. Boil for 1 minute, drain and throw into a bowl of ice water. Cool until you can hold with your hands and pop beans out of their thick skin. Discard skins.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sauté the fava beans for 5 minutes. Add garlic scapes and cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. In a food processor or blender, place fava beans, garlic scapes and oil from pan. Blend together, adding additional 1 tablespoon olive oil slowly. Add 1 tablespoon water and blend until thoroughly mixed. Set aside, keeping sauce in blender.
  4. In same skillet, heat butter and pan sear scallops, 3 – 4 minutes per side, adding black pepper to each scallop side. Remove from heat and remove scallops from pan. Pour liquid from pan into blender and blend into fava bean sauce.
  5. To serve, spoon fava bean sauce onto each serving plate and place scallops on top. Sprinkle each dish with smoked paprika.