Sweet & Sour Scallops with Tomatoes

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Ready in: 20 - 25 mins
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Sweet & Sour Scallops with Tomatoes


  • 24 scallops, cleaned and fresh
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, VERY finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 9 cloves garlic, yes 9 peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp, tomato puree
  • 4 tbsp palm or light brown sugar
  • juice 4 limes
  • salt
  • freshly milled black pepper
  • 1 heaped tbsp smoked paprika
  • finely grated zest from the above limes
  • 400g warm mashed potatoes

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  • Heat the oil and add the onions, chilli, garlic, tomato and cook for 10 minutes to soften well.
  • Next add the sugar, lime juice, salt and pepper and paprika turn down the heat and reduce the total volume of the liquid and onions by roughly half.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust if you think you have to. It should have a nice balance of sweet and sour, finally add the paprika and lime zest.
  • Sear the scallops in hot oil, do not overcook.
  • Pipe the warm mash onto a plate in 4 small blobs.
  • Spoon over the hot tomato relish and serve.

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