Friday Flavor: Scallops with Warm Tomato-Tarragon Dressing - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Friday Flavor: Scallops with Warm Tomato-Tarragon Dressing

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Scallops with Warm Tomato-Tarragon Dressing

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh fennel, thinly sliced

½ cup tomatoes, chopped

1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped oregano, plus baby leaves for garnish

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

16 jumbo sea scallops

In a saucepan, toast the coriander and fennel seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes; transfer to a mortar and let cool. Pound until coarsely ground.

Heat the ¼ cup olive oil in the same saucepan. Add the spices along with the lemon juice and let stand for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, fennel, tarragon and oregano; season with salt and pepper.

Preheat a grill pan. Brush the scallops with oil and season with salt and pepper.

Grill the scallops over high heat, turning once, until browned and just firm, about 4 minutes. Transfer the scallops to plates and spoon the warm tomato dressing on top. Garnish with oregano leaves and serve.

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