Pan-Seared Scallops With Chorizo and Corn

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Ingredients

  • 3 ears of corn husked
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 oz. smoked Spanish chorizo finely chopped
  • 12 scallions white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1/2 –1 serrano chile depending on heat, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt plus more
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 12 large sea scallops about 1 lb., side muscle removed, patted dry
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 lime halved
  • Lime wedges for serving

Instructions

  • Cut kernels from corncobs and place in a medium bowl. Using the back of a chef’s knife, scrape milk from cobs into the bowl; discard cobs.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium. Cook chorizo, stirring occasionally, until it starts to get crisp, about 2 minutes. Carefully pour chorizo oil into a small bowl (use a slotted spoon to hold back chorizo); set chorizo oil aside. Return chorizo pan to medium heat and add scallions, garlic, chile, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and 3/4 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add corn kernels and cook, stirring occasionally, until bright yellow and softened, 5–7 minutes. Remove from heat and let corn mixture cool in pan 5 minutes. Gently mix in buttermilk and cilantro. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
  • Season scallops generously with salt. Heat reserved chorizo oil and remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high until just beginning to smoke. Cook scallops on one side, reducing heat if they are taking on too much color and moving around in pan for even browning, until a golden brown crust forms on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and turn scallops over. Add butter to skillet and, using a spoon, baste scallops with butter 30 seconds. Transfer scallops to a plate. Squeeze halved lime over.
  • Divide corn mixture among plates and arrange scallops on top. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over