Pan Seared Scallops with a Summer Corn Medley

Pan Seared Scallops

I guess at this point it’s safe to say we survived Hurricane Irene!  I didn’t want to commit too early, since high winds were still expected.   Let’s just say that so far, so good.  We seem to have come out of this storm in much better shape than a lot of our neighbors to the south and to the east.   We did receive 8 more inches of rain from the storm, but we didn’t take the pounding expected with the winds.   That’s a good thing!

Getting ready for the storm of the century, I found some things very interesting.  First of all don’t ever wait until a day before the storm to see if you have batteries, there was not a D cell or a flashlight in the tri-state area, luckily we had both.   One thing I did notice is that we tend to hoard, and that’s not a good thing.  We’re so afraid to run out of something that we buy more than we need, and what that does is cuts the available supply, shelves are empty and people get scared.

Let’s hope we learned something from this storm, I know I did, I’m getting to old to not to take more precautions!  While a generator may be overkill, and you may never use it, what a comfort it would be knowing that if our power goes out because of a hurricane or even worse a snow storm, that we wouldn’t have to worry and a  generator large enough to run most of one floor of the house is going on my list.  We did survive, and while it may have been  a bit of overkill for our area, I think it’s better safe than sorry.

Since we knew the storm was coming we had to start eating through our refrigerator, just in case it did go out.   I had picked up a pound of scallops, and decided they would make a great pre hurricane dinner!   Nothing too fancy, just a little seasoning and pan seared, to get good color and finished in the oven.  My summer corn medley was made up of what I had on hand and it turned out to be an outstanding side dish, and a good way to use up some left over rice.

Just like in the restaurant, you use up your leftover’s and creative an outstanding meal, or as we use to  call them the nightly specials.  Scallops are delicious and we don’t eat them enough but there sweet flavor was truly outstanding, and the only thing missing to make this a five star meal was a bottle of proseco…… time!

Pan Seared Scallops

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Pan Seared Scallops with a Summer Corn Medley
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2
  • 1 lb. fresh Sea Scallops (cleaned)
  • 1 tbsp. Cajun Seasoning (or your favorite seasoning)
  • 1 cup of Cooked seasoned Rice
  • 1 cup of fresh corn kernels
  • 1 Nectarine or peach small dice, skin on
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro finely chopped
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. coat scallops with seasoning on both sides, press seasoning into scallop
  2. In a saute pan with very little oil, sear the scallpps on both sides for good color
  3. place seared scallops in roasting pan with a little water and finish in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
  4. While scallops are cooking in a saute pan add the butter, and allow to melt.
  5. Add corn to pan and saute for 5 minutes until partialy cooked.
  6. Add rice to corn and continue cooking on low until the scallops are done (you may need to add a little water to the pan)
  7. Right before serving add in the diced nectarine and on high heat saute for a minute or two.
  8. Add chopped cilantro and toss mixture.
  9. Place a large spoonful of the Summer medley on a serving plate and arrange scallops on top.
  10. Pour any juice from the pan over the scallops and serve immediately


This was the perfect summer meal I do hope you get a chance to try it, I know you’ll love the flavors.    I have my work cut out for me tomorrow, in the morning everything we torn down and put away has to go back out, and then it’s off to work for me.   We had a lot of flooding along my travel route so I will probably wait until noon to go in, and although we have another week until my girls return, summer is officially over for me…..sigh   But I do miss my girls, and their happy faces, so it will be good to get back!

Till next time my friends, stay safe and stay full, and the next time they say anything about a storm, make sure you have everything you need, even if you never use it!


  1. Oh. My. Dennis, your scallops look mouth-watering in the photos! Great recipe; thanks! I’m so glad you had minimal impact from Irene. My daughter in Boston said she had no problems, too. Prayers for those who lost loved ones.

  2. I don’t know which looks better, the corn and rice medley, or the scallops. They both look delicious.

  3. Hey Dennis, glad you made it through the storm! I agree, we don’t seem to eat enough scallops either. I love that this beautiful dish came from left over rice! So simple, but so beautiful!!!!

  4. Hi Chef Dennis! The dish looks amazing! I’m allergic to all seafood, but the corn medley is mouth watering! How clever to put nectarines AND cilantro in it….

    Living in Florida – we prepare for hurricanes! We have a generator and at the beginning of hurricane season, we replace batteries for flash lights, buy about 50 gallons of water and purchase non-perishable foods. When hurricane season is over – if it’s not used – we donate the food to our church….which is a food bank! However, we EXPECT hurricanes. I’m glad you’re okay!

  5. Dennis, can I adopt you and have you come here and cook for me every day??? Oh please oh please oh pleaseeeeeeee?????

    That was my subtle way of saying yet another fantastic recipe 😀

  6. I love how you were able to bring such an incredible meal together with what you pulled out of the fridge. That’s why you have the word Chef in front of your name.

    I guess we’d be eating a lot of meat quickly, but as long as it’s not cold, we’d do fine without electricity. We have the grill, fireplaces, candles, and both a crank radio and hand charged flashlight. Hurricanes happen a bit more here than there, I think. Hoarding does happen here too, though. The thought of being without is scary.

  7. Old Doug in BC Canada says:

    Well Dennis, sadly I share your problem with too much stuff! And at 85 we will never eat it all, I will die first and Marie will be stuck with donating it to whomever! Glad you folks survived the storm, now it will hit our country, and I can only hope they will be as well prepared. We have far too much stuff in our freezer, and three fridges! Your scallop recipe looks great and I will do it this week, as we always have east coast scallops in the freezer. I have a little thing i do with frozen scallops and prawns….soak them from frozen in salt water. Then rinse well, let dry and prepare as wished. I have been cooking since 1947. Still enjoy cooking at my age, Marie my wife since 1949 does all the baking, did a peach pie crumb crust for tonight’s dinner!
    Doug Irvine in Nanaimo Vancouver Island BC Canada

    • hi Doug
      kudos to you and Marie, for still doing the cooking and for your independence and strength! My mom is 93 and she still does some cooking, although she has finally slowed up a bit. I can only hope that I have that much strength at that age.
      best wishes and you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the storm

  8. Glad you survived Irene! These scallops look great and I love the corn medley with it too! If that is hurricane food, I am coming to your house if another one rolls around. =)

  9. Just seen your photo on Google+ and had to drop in for a closer look. Beautiful! We can’t get scallops in Southern Turkey and I miss them. Glad you and yours got through the hurricane unscathed.

  10. Glad you survived Hurricane Irene. Another great recipe.

  11. Boy, I didn’t think that Irene was coming your way! Hope you’re safe and survived it! Your dish looks absolutely fantastic, as always. Never had sea scallops before… hmmm next time I’m in UK I must talked Mr Boyfriend into trip to the seeaside town with big market 😉

  12. A generator would be great to have, however, I have heard that in certain cities they do not allow it. I guess the electric company wants your money-all the time. Glad you made it through the storm.
    This does look like a tasty dish and scallops are kind of like the forgotten seafood. This dish definitely gives them a little limelight. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Irene ended up being kind of a dud up here in Boston. Which is a good thing, of course, but my kids were kind of disappointed! At least my tomato plants made it through unscathed.
    I wish my husband liked scallops because I would love to make them more often at home. Your recipe looks wonderful!

  14. I’m glad the storm passed over you! Your scallops looks great and I am always looking for new ways to use up summer corn. Your medley sounds wonderful.

  15. This dish looks so good! I never even lost power during the storm, but it did give me a full weekend cooped up in the house which made me cook! Glad to see you weren’t all that affected by Irene

  16. The scallops look succulent and earthy… marvelous! I’m Glad Irene went easy on you! Give thanks! Being from Florida, unfortunately we know the drill. We are big believers in eating (and drinking) well in-spite of an impending hurricane. Oh and we have a generator which we’ve had to use many times. They are very noisy but we can keep our refrigerator cool and of course the coffee machine running!

  17. Where we live (BFE PA) a generator is a near necessity. We’re far enough east to have missed the brunt of Irene, but windy it was. Yes, keep a good supply of batteries.
    A good supply of these luscious scallops — one of my all-time faves — wouldn’t hurt. (And the wine supply.)

  18. These scallops look fantastic, Chef! Scallops are always such a treat for me. Glad to hear you made it through Irene okay! It’s always better to be over-prepared!

  19. Yummy! I LOVE scallops and this looks so wonderful! I love the summer corn medley you paired them with, perfect combination of flavor!! 🙂

  20. Ahhh those D batteries!! Tell me about it, we have constant hurricane warnings here In Dom.Rep. from June 1st until November 30. With Irene we got a lot of rain, very unfair for many people who live near the rivers, but thank God no fatal tragedies.

    I congratulate you, you made a fantastic hurricane dinner. It looks scrumptious 🙂

  21. The scallops look perfectly cooked. I’m sure the sweetness of the corn and nectarines went wonderfully with the scallops. In Toronto, we were very fortunate that Irene didn’t come inshore but we did feel the high winds and I had the pressure headache all day. I think it is good sense to have batteries and flashlights…you never know.

  22. This looks wonderful! I have a variation on this recipe but am looking forward to trying yours.

  23. Hi chef Dennis!!!

    I see you are still offering more than a mouthful of delectable goodness. Love the addition of the nectarines.

    I must say, it’s times like this weekend that I’m glad I was a Girls Scout. Be prepared they always say. We did well too here in central PA. Although, I did lose one heirloom tomato plant but I rescued the tomatoes even if some of them are still green!!!

    Thanks for sharing, your scallops look lovely:)

  24. Chef,
    Your scallops and the corn medley are wonderful. We really love scallops, and must try the medley, before the fresh corn is gone.

    We have a lot of trees on our property, but haven’t had one hit the house, yet. We have contemplated a generator, also, but don’t have one .

    Glad that you are safe and unscathed!

  25. So glad to hear you guys are safe! These scallops look so delicious. They are a treat and yours look perfect!

  26. Glad to see you’re okay.

    Scallops look great – been forever since I’ve had one!

  27. Im glad to hear you took no major damage from Irene! We made it out safe and sound as well – and were lucky to not lose power! (I was panicked for my fridge!). I did pull out some scallops for myself last week as well though – bf wont touch them – and was reminded how amazing they are. I’m kind of hoping for another storm warning to give me that excuse again.

  28. These look so delicious buttery and perfectly browned.. Glad you came through the hurricane safely.

  29. Wow you took something so simple and turn it into a beautiful delectable dish. Fresh scallops are not so common in Malaysia, so I will try it with fresh shrimps next time.

  30. boy I sure wish we could have gotten that kind of rain during all those fires – the prayers continue for all those affected by Irene and the floods….this is a beautiful dish, I had ear marked a cilantro lime rice dish to make that I saw on Pinterest, and now this….my mouth is watering!

  31. Those scallops look wonderful, just as good as any great restaurant! I barely ever cook shellfish but really need to add it to my cooking rotation.

  32. It looks delicious Dennis! I’m glad you made it through Irene unscathed. I was worried about you all up there!

  33. Chef, I want to dive head first into that corn medley. It reminds me of a lovely dish I had at Eve in Ann Arbor!

  34. So happy you weren’t affected too harshly by the storm. I must say this is the most remarkable scallop I’ve seen. Perfectly cooked. That corn medley is making me hungry. You have outdone yourself Sir. Sorry your time off has come to an end. The upside is getting to see your wonderful students again. Look forward to hearing about the transition back to work. Have a good week.

  35. Hi Chef: So glad you weathered the storm without incident! I love scallops so this is next on my list!!

    On A\another note: I am wondering how you are liking your new blog platform? I think it all looks very nice! Anne

    • Hi Anne
      I love my new platform and have found wordpress extremely user friendly. Now that doesn’t mean I know everything about it, but I know enough to do my work, the recipe plug in has a few glitches in it , but makes life a lot easier and I’m so happy to be able to print out my recipe. I am also thrilled to be able to answer comments. I’m so glad you like it, I went for the less is more look, I am a basic kind of guy!
      Great to hear from you!

  36. Glad the lack of batteries wasn’t an issue. I would swoon for a plate of scallops…especially cooked like yours with that corn/rice medley. To.die.for. Really, this meal looks amazing. You do seafood so well…thank you~

  37. You make me want to move in and bring my knife and fork! You make it look perfect!

  38. This looks absolutely delicious and I intend to put this on my menu to make soon! Grumpy will be very happy as he loves scallops! My mouth is totally watering right now!

  39. Lovely blog and pictures, Looking forward to try this recipe 🙂

  40. Mmmmm….yummy! This looks so good and healthy! Can’t wait to try it – I love scallops 🙂

  41. I’ve been craving sea scallops lately and these look really good. Glad you made it thru the hurricane ok.

  42. I go crazy for anything with corn in it! The other night I had a grilled corn risotto at a restaurant and this is reminding me of that. I will definitely be trying it. Thanks Chef Dennis!

  43. All I can say is thank you for not over-cooking these gorgeous scallops. I cannot begin to tell you how many shellfish and seafood I have sent back to many a chef’s kitchen. These look perfectly cooked and are sitting atop a beautiful and moist bed of corn and rice.

  44. Good morning Dennis! I featured this recipe on my blog today, it looks great! Thanks for allowing me to share. Here is the link

  45. Pam Stewart says:

    I recently had the summer corn medley and it wasn’t what was described here. I would love that recipe. It had corn and green lomas in it. Thanks, it was delicious.


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