This Fresh Puttanesca Sauce has to be the most incredible sauce ever! This is a traditional Italian sauce, usually simmered for hours, but it can actually be created in 5 minutes. And oh my, what flavors! I served it with Pan Seared Black Cod Fillets and Seared Scallops but it could easily be served on toasted baguette as a small bite or even over freshly cooked pasta! This sauce is truly a treasure.

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  • Course Dinner
  • Cuisine Italian
  • Keyword 15 Minute Meal, 5 Ingredients or Less, Delicious, Elegant, For Foodies, Special Dinner, Spring
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 people 5 minutes 7 minutes
Passive Time Total Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 people 5 minutes 7 minutes
Passive Time Total Time
12 minutes
Be sure to buy 'dry' scallops, these kind of scallops do not let out any moisture while being seared.
Degree of Difficulty
  • 6 dry sea scallops (large)
  • 1 tbspn unsalted butter
  • 6-8 baby plum tomatoes quartered
  • 6-8 olives kalamata olives pitted and quartered
  • micro greens
  • 1 recipe Fresh Puttanesca Sauce
Servings: people
  1. Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.
  2. Wash and dry sea scallops on a paper towel, season with kosher salt and set aside until ready to sear.
Prepare Garnish
  1. Slice tomatoes and olives.
  2. Prepare plates, add a small dollop of puttanesca sauce in three spots equally distanced on long dinner plate.
  3. Sprinkle tomatoes and olives in and around the puttanesca sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with micro greens.
Searing Scallops
  1. Heat a large non stick skillet over high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the skillet is very hot.
  2. Add butter and when it starts foaming, place scallops, salted side down, in a clock wise direction so that you will know which scallops were first down and can be turned. Sear scallops for 2-3 minutes or until they become nicely browned.
  3. Season scallops before turning, then sear for a further 2-3 minutes or until the 2nd side is browned.
  1. Place on scallop on top of each dollop of puttanesca sauce and add a few more micro greens.

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