Saturday 18 October 2014

Seared Scallops with Pumpkin Soup

The last time when I made this healthy snack Chive and Potato Scones, my girl thought that I've made pan fried scallops ... hee .. hee.. lol! It's been quite sometime I've not cooked with scallops.

It's quick and easy to whip up this soup if using canned unflavored pumpkin puree. But since I've the extra pumpkin,  it's not too time consuming to make fresh pumpkin puree. Just steam and mash them.  Here's my sharing of this tasty seared scallops with pumpkin soup, mostly adapted from Women's healthmag with slight modification made adjusted to our taste.

Recipe source : Women's healthmag

Seared Scallops with Pumpkin Soup
Serves 2
8 - 10 pieces fresh sea scallops
300g fresh pumpkin puree (deseeded, peeled, cut into big chunks. Steamed and mashed)
1 tablespoon roughly chopped hazelnuts
220ml water with 1 teaspoon chicken seasoning
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon low fat spread

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1) Toast chopped hazelnuts, either in the oven (10 minutes at 400°F / 200°C) or on the stove in a stainless-steel saute pan (5 to 7 minutes over medium heat, shaking often so they don't burn). Set aside.

2) Combine the mashed pumpkin, honey, butter, and water in a medium saucepan, and heat the mixture on low until it's warmed through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep the mixture warm.

3) Preheat a cast-iron skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel and season them with salt and pepper to taste. Add olive oil to the pan, and then add scallops. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until they're firm, browned, and caramelized.

4) Pour soup into wide-rimmed serving bowls. Add scallops and hazelnuts.

We loved this thick pumpkin soup with a touch of hazelnuts crunchy and chewy scallops to serve alongside the simple mushroom pasta dish. Enjoy !

Have a pleasant weekend !

And this post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (Oct 2014 Event: PUMPKIN



  1. Karen, what a luxurious pumpkin soup with scallops! Must be very yummy and your mushroom pasta looks pretty good too!

  2. These few days were raining heavily here.....and seeing your pumpkin soup and oh my....with scallops, this bowl would sure make me as a happy lady if I could taste it.

  3. Hi Karen, with the added scallops, your pumpkin soup become so outstanding and wish to have a big bowl now.

  4. A nice indulgence, sounds delicious and looks so gorgeous!

  5. Karen, I love scallops but they are very very expensive over here. Otherwise I would make this soup immediately, maybe I will try substituting with other seafood. Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Karen. This is excellent! I'm definitely going to try this.

  7. Karen,Karen,
    Oh wow! That is a delicious soup!
    I am craving for some now :D


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