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Recipe : Grilled scallops, fennel, avocado and pomegranate salad, passion fruit dressing, sesame tuile

Recipe : Grilled scallops, fennel, avocado and pomegranate salad, passion fruit dressing, sesame tuile

This surprising dish combines various flavours; the sweetness of scallops, the acidity of passion fruit, and a refreshing twist from the fennel, avocado and pomegranate salad. A sesame tuile provides a crunchy texture.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: about 45 minutes
 4 wooden skewers


Grilled scallops
  • 12 fresh dive scallops
    - - - - -
  • salt, pepper
  • 20 ml vegetable oil
Passion fruit dressing
  • 2 passion fruit
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • juice of ½ lime
  • sugar to taste (optional)
Sesame tuile
  • 100 g flour T55
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 20 g sesame seeds
  • 1 egg white
  • salt
  • Cayenne pepper
Fennel, avocado and pomegranate salad
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ fresh pomegranate
  • ¼ bunch coriander
  • 40 ml olive oil
  • juice of ¼ lime
  • Cayenne pepper
  • salt

Note : there will be some tuile mix left over; these will keep in an air tight container for 3 days.


Grilled scallops:

Remove the scallops from their shells and discard the roe and (skirt/beard). Clean the scallops in cold water. Pat dry on paper and refrigerate until required.

Passion fruit dressing:

Cut the passion fruits in half and scoop out the pulp.  In a small pan combine the passion fruit pulp with the coconut milk and reduce until a syrupy consistency is achieved, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Pass through a sieve to remove the black seeds, reserving some for plating if desired.  Add lime juice and some sugar if necessary (depending on the sweetness of the passion fruits).  Set aside until required. 

Sesame tuile:

Pre heat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.  In a bowl combine flour, vegetable oil, sesame seeds, and egg white.  Season with salt and Cayenne pepper.  Spread a thin layer of batter about 1 mm thick onto the prepared tray and bake until golden brown and crisp to touch, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool then break into abstract shapes.

Fennel, avocado and pomegranate salad:

Using a mandolin thinly slice the fennel.  Peel and dice avocado into small cubes.  Remove the seeds from the pomegranate.  Pick the leaves from the coriander.  In a bowl combine the fennel, avocado, pomegranate and coriander leaves.  Season with olive oil, lime juice, Cayenne pepper and salt.

Thread 3 scallops onto each skewer.  Season with salt, pepper, and brush with vegetable oil.  Place the scallops on a hot grill and after about 30 seconds rotate 90 degrees to create the criss-cross marks.  Turn the scallops over and repeat on the other side.  Cook
for a total of 2 to 3 minutes depending on size.

To serve:

Arrange the salad in the middle of the plate. Place a scallop skewer to one side.  Using the back of a spoon apply some dressing to the plate and top dressing with reserved passion fruit seeds if desired.  Finish with a shard of sesame tuile.

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