Pumpkin seeds pack a huge nutritional punch in a little package. They are a rich source of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and copper. About a handful also contains over 8 grams of protein and are loaded with essential fatty acids.
Curry paste contains a mixture of ingredients that have beneficial properties. Turmeric, which gives curry paste its rich yellow color, is a strong detoxifier and cancer-fighter. While chili peppers, which gives curry paste its spicy flavor, acts as a stimulant for the digestive and circulatory systems and is rich in Vitamins A and C.
Thai Sea Scallops with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (Serves 2)
- 6 each U-10 Wild-Caught Sea Scallops (ask for “dry” or “diver” scallops)
- ¼ cup crushed pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil or grass-fed butter
- Non-stick pan spray
- 2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
- 1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 can (13 to 14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 fresh lime
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
- Salt and pepper as needed
- In a small sauce pan, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or grass-fed butter, then lightly sauté the ginger and garlic.
- Add the coconut milk and whisk in the red curry paste and honey.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer gently until the sauce slightly thickens.
- Set aside.
- Season the wild-caught scallops with salt and pepper.
- Dab the wild-caught scallops with the pumpkin seeds to form an even coating on the top and bottom.
- Spray the bottom of a small cast iron skillet with pan spray, then add the coconut oil or grass-fed butter.
- When the coconut oil or grass-fed butter is hot, place the wild-caught scallops inside and cook until the pumpkin seed crust is golden brown.
- Flip each wild-caught scallop over and repeat. This should take no more than 45 seconds on each side.
- Serve the wild-caught scallops immediately with several spoonsful of sauce.
Garnish the plate with fresh cilantro
Consider basmati rice as an excellent accompaniment for this dish.
Photographer: Carmen Troesser