Food: Seared Scallops with Mango-Melon Salsa & Coconut Rice

My first real post, how exciting.  And wouldn’t you know it, it’s about food!  I’ve been dying to make this recipe I happen to stumble across in  As the title indicates it is seared scallops with a mango-melon salsa served with coconut rice. 

I wasn’t too sure how to buy scallops but then I was with a friend at Trader Joe’s, and there they were… frozen but available.  The bag has around 20 scallops set me back $10.00, which I guess is not bad considering how expensive scallops can be.  Armed with the main ingredient I felt confident that I could make this recipe. 

I started making the coconut rice.  I’m so used to doing it the way my mom taught me, that I found it difficult to believe that the rice would turn out good.  But I was pleasantly surprised with the coconut rice.  It was very tasty.  Everyone in the house really liked it. 



Then I made the mango-melon salsa.  It was fairly easy just chop, chop, chop, squirt, salt, pepper & paprika and you are done. 


I won’t even lie about the hard time I had making the scallops.  All along I was thinking of Chef Ramsay screaming “THEY’RE RAW, YOU SILLY COW!” or “THEY ARE RUBBER!”  Then I was very concern for my family since they would be the ones tasting it.  In any case, it is safe to say that I won’t be cooking scallops anytime soon. One: I didn’t like it (first time having them). Two: No one else liked it (their first time too).  At least I can say that I tried them. 

Maybe if we have them when a professional is making them we will enjoy them more, but in the mean time no scallops in this house! 


If you are interested in trying out the recipe, please visit Jaden’s website, it has a nice amounts of recipes.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Daya
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 10:34:20

    Dear Andriz, that recipie sounds delicious!! I love scallops, of course I am used to cooking them fresh, right out of the ocean. i would recomend buying them at the fish market in flushing or china town and cooking them that same day. You may still not like them any way, I cant say. I know you are a very good baker so it is easy to beleive you are becoming a very good cook. Have fun!


    • aprevil
      Jun 28, 2010 @ 10:48:02

      I didn’t know you liked scallops. I may try it again. Maybe with a different dish all together. I think it was the consistency of fish. I’m used to sturdier fish I guess. Is it suppose to be sort of slimy?


  2. Flora
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 07:51:09

    cool, I did get to taste the scallops later on the day and all I kept wondering the whole time “What is this?” but I must admit, I felt like I was eating at a expensive restaurant with some exotic dish – so much on my seafood education. My mom convince me it was some sort of vegetable. Anyway I liked it, knowing its raw… I dont know how I feel now. Way to go!!


    • aprevil
      Jun 29, 2010 @ 08:10:21

      I can’t believe mom convinced you that it was a vegetable. That is so funny. It wasn’t raw actually, I did cook it. I’m just not sure how well one has to cook them. I can’t believe you liked the fish.


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