Impress your guests with Moroccan-style seafood
(NC) Seared scallops spiked with harissa spice, a Moroccan flavour, sit atop a mélange of spring vegetables. A dish that’s fancy enough for a restaurant, but easily done at home.
Look for products carrying the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label as it indicates that it has been sustainably sourced. MSC is an international non-profit organization that developed the world’s leading environmental standard for independent, third-party scientific certification of sustainable and well-managed, wild-capture fisheries.
By choosing an MSC certified product like the PC brand of Nova Scotia sea scallops used in this recipe, you know your fish is sustainably sourced.
Harissa Spiced Scallops
1 cup (250 mL) thinly sliced carrots
1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas
1 cup (250 mL) diced leeks
2 cups (500 mL) sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved on diagonal
1 pkg (400 g) PC Blue Menu Wild Nova Scotian Frozen Sea Scallops , thawed and patted dry
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
2 tsp (10 mL) PC black label harissa spice blend
1/4 cup (50 mL) chicken stock
In a saucepan of boiling water, cook carrots for 2 minutes. Add peas, leeks and snap peas and return to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain vegetables and gently rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Remove and discard small side muscle from scallops. In bowl, toss together scallops, olive oil and harissa spice blend. Heat large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Arrange scallops, flat surface down, in a single layer in pan. Sear for 1 or 2 minutes, depending on thickness. Turn scallops over and sear for 1 to 2 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer scallops to a plate and keep warm.
In same pan, bring chicken stock to a boil. Add cooked vegetables and toss until hot. Transfer vegetables to a serving platter and arrange seared scallops on top. Generously squeeze lemon over scallops and vegetables.
You can learn more about sustainable seafood on any of these websites: www.msc.org, www.wwf-canada.com, www.oceansfortomorrow.ca or www.loblaw.ca/seafood.