Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto (with video)

Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto, with garden fresh peas, perfectly seared scallops, dotted with a rich beurre blanc to kick off my Spring and Summertime dishes!

Seared Scallops Over Spicy Pea Pesto With Carrot Ribbons
Seared Scallops Over Spicy Pea Pesto With Carrot Ribbons

Garden Fresh Pea Pesto

Once the doldrums of winter begin to subside, I plant peas outside.

By June, they are beautifully grown, hanging in clusters and just waiting to be picked. 

While I have created so many dishes from these fresh green peas, I first start with a huge batch of Garden Fresh Pea Pesto. 

garden fresh mint pea pesto
Garden Fresh Minted Pea Pesto

 Once the pesto is made, other recipes and dishes just seem to magically emerge: 

  • Shrimp and Pea Pesto in Wonton Cups – shaped in muffin tins and filled with spicy pea pesto and topped with sauteed shrimp.
  • Pea Pesto Crostini – An Easy Pea Pesto Crostini made with homegrown or market herbs and peas make for the perfect spread over rustic bread for summertime meals.

Professional Chef Tips On Scallops


One of my sons is a professional chef.

He started cooking at age eleven with either me or his grandma.

She said, “That one, is going to be your chef”. He is and I learn so much from him. 

My most memorable meal, as you will see that I am asked to execute my most memorable meal on a television series I am featured in, is always my birthday and my son always prepares it!

Home Cooked Seared Scallops Are The Best!

I do not enjoy going to a restaurant for special occasion meals.

Unfortunately I am their worst critic and often feel I could have made it better and not be out hundreds of dollars. 

scallops with peas and carrots
Scallops With Peas and Carrots!

My son is a chef, not for a restaurant, but for a large, high-end event catering company.

Event catering is totally different from a restaurant.

Often as many as 10 parties are going out on a single night with an average of 250 people per party.

My son orchestrates this, down to the last drop of Beurre Blanc. 

My Garden To Table Passion

My usual favorite birthday meal, that my son prepares for me, is Lamb Chops, often a Mediterranean Orzo Salad and Green Bean Bundles.

And yes, I did make this meal on The Great American Recipe on PBS, in 60-minutes!

On one particular year, he made this stunning dish for me of Scallops over Pea Pesto and Beurre Blanc. 

His explicit instructions, are what you will find in this easy-to-follow recipe I am sharing with you. 

seared scallops
Seared Scallops

How To Make Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto With Beurre Blanc

There are three components to this decadent, flavorful, restaurant quality dish that you can make at home. They are each easy, so don’t be shy!

  • Pea Pesto – blanched peas pureed with a hint of chili and fresh mint.
  • Beurre Blanc – a rich sauce of white wine, cream and shallots.
  • Seared Scallops – lightly dusted with smoked paprika and sautéed in butter.

Ingredients Needed

  • Peas
  • Fresh mint
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • Garlic
  • Chili pepper
  • Butter
  • Shallots
  • Dry white wine
  • White balsamic vinegar
  • Heavy cream
  • Scallops
  • Paprika
drying the scallops
Drying The Scallops

Equipment Needed

  • Sauce pans
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small Stainless bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Wire Whisk
  • Non-Stick sauté pan
  • Spatula
  • Stovetop or burner
Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto
Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto
Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto

Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto

Garden fresh peas and mint pesto with perfectly seared scallops, dotted with a rich beurre blanc kicks off my Spring and Summertime dishes!
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Course: Seafood
Cuisine: American Fusion
Keyword: Pea Pesto Sea Scallops
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • Saute pan
  • Food processor or blender


  • Spicy Pea Pesto
  • 2 cups Blanched peas
  • 1/4 cup Fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle or chili pepper
  • Beurre Blanc
  • 8 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Shallots finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Heavy cream
  • Salt and White pepper to taste
  • Seared Scallops
  • 16 Large scallops 4 per plate
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • Salt – to taste


  • Pesto – Place the blanched peas with the other pesto ingredients into a blender or food processor. Whirl until pureed.
    Set aside in a small metal bowl, sitting on top of a small pot of simmering water. (double boiler style). This will keep the pesto warm without continuing to cook the peas, therefore removing their vibrant color.
  • Beurre Blanc – Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium hot pan and sauté the shallots.
    When they begin to change color, add the vinegar and wine and simmer until reduced by half.
  • Add the cream, salt and pepper and boil for 1 minute. Reduce the heat and whisk in the remaining butter, one tablespoon at a time, whisking all the while until the sauce begins to thicken.
    Remove from the burner with a lid on to keep it warm.
  • Scallops – Pat the scallops dry and set out on a plate. Lightly sprinkle salt and paprika on both sides of the scallops.
  • Heat the butter in a non-stick pan. As soon as the butter begins to turn a golden color, place the scallops in the pan.
    Cook 2 – 3 minutes on one side until a nice sear appears, turn them over and cook another 2-minutes and remove.
  • Plating – Place a healthy schemer of warm pea pesto on the plate. Place seared scallops on top of the pesto. Drizzle the beurre blanc across the scallops and serve with a garnish of micro greens or peas tendrils!



  • Another element or garnish, which I have used here, is long shaves of carrot, quickly tossed in a hot pan with butter, twirled (pasta style), and placed on the plate.
seared scallops over pea pesto and beurre blanc
Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto and Beurre Blanc
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