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Sautéed Scallops with Kiwifruit, Avocado and Orange Relish

Sautéed Scallops with Kiwifruit, Avocado and Orange RelishRecipe courtesy of ZESPRI™ Kiwifruit.

Recipe Ingredients:

Kiwifruit, Avocado and Orange Relish:
3 GOLD kiwifruit, peeled
3 GREEN kiwifruit, peeled
3 firm, but ripe avocado
3 Valencia oranges, peeled and segmented (no seeds)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chervil
Salt to taste

Avocado Purée:
2 soft, ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
Juice of 2 limes
Salt to taste

16 (10/20) sea scallops
Salt and ground white pepper to taste
Vegetable oil or clarified butter for frying
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Kiwifruit, Avocado and Orange Relish: Dice the kiwis and 3 firm avocado; combine with orange and herbs; season with salt to taste and gently toss to mix. Reserve and chill.
  2. For Avocado Purée: Place the soft avocado and lime juice in a blender; purée until smooth, adding a bit of cool water if necessary to blend. Season with salt to taste, reserve at room temperature.
  3. Season the scallops with salt and white pepper and sear in hot skillet with vegetable oil or clarified butter.
  4. Serve the scallops by placing a spoonful of the avocado purée in the center of a plate, following with a neat spoonful of the kiwifruit relish, and topping each plate with two of the seared scallops. Drizzle with a bit of nice extra virgin olive oil to finish, if desired.

Makes 8 appetizer servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of ZESPRI™ Kiwifruit.