Seared Scallops with Cilantro Pesto

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated March/April 1996

For a crispy exterior and meltingly sweet interior, sauté uncoated, unprocessed scallops in butter--and don't move them around during cooking.

SERVES4

TIME30 minutes

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

For our seared scallops recipe, we wanted a concentrated, nutty, rich-colored crust encasing an interior of sweet, creamy, barely cooked scallop meat. To get to our ideal seared scallops recipe, we used butter for a flavorful, even crust; t...

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