Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tahini Soba Noodles with Caramelized Jumbo Sea Scallops

This week I am happy to turn the LC floor over to Gwen from Simply Healthy Family.  Gwen is one of my favorite people I have met through blogging.  Active on facebook, she is fun, irreverent, unafraid and clever.

Her blog Simply Healthy Family is a collection of family friendly dishes.  Her food is eclectic and never boring and her photos are lovely.

Take the time to check her out, it is a fun read.


Greetings from the Sonoran Desert. My name is Gwen and I'm so excited to be here on one of my favorite blogs and to share one of our favorite recipes. I do hope you stop by and say hi, I love meeting new people with a love for good food.

I've been a fan of Lazaro Cooks since I started blogging a few years ago. His cooking style is what mine used  to be 3 or 4 kids ago. His take it or leave it  personality mimics mine and I love to read his blog while sipping a glass of red wine and longing for the day when I can cook amazing, grown up food with actual spices in it without having to clean it off of the walls afterwards.

In the mean time, I am still dedicated to cooking a wide variety of healthy foods without  sacrificing flavor in hopes that I can still enjoy my love for really good food without starving my 4 kids.

So thanks Laz, for giving a girl something to look forward to and for a good laugh at the end of a long, hard day.

I  love ethnic foods. Especially when it involves exotic spices and seafood. I also have a serious addiction to veggies and seafood. Even as a child I adored giant sea scallops and requested them for my birthday every single year along with Khalua cake. My mom used to put cayenne in EVERYTHING from spaghetti, mixing it into peanut butter and sprinkling it on top of cottage cheese, so I grew up being accustomed to spicy foods. I have to hold back a bit on the spices with my little ones but am trying to build up a tolerance as we speak.

The kids loved this Tahini soba noodle dish slightly sweetened with honey and which I served to them with cubed chicken and saved the spicy-sweet jumbo sea scallops for my husband and myself. Tahini is a wonderfully mild paste made from toasted sesame seeds and commonly used in hummus. I've never been a big fan of peanut butter but love tahini's unique taste. Feel free to use peanut or almond butter in this if you wish.

You Will Need:

10 oz. uncooked Buckwheat (soba) noodles
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup veggies such as Bok Choy, Bell Peppers or Broccoli2 carrots, peeled and shaved
1/2 cup tahini paste
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons Tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)
1-2 tablespoons Organic, Raw honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 giant sea scallops (can used cooked cubed chicken as a variation)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2-3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
Optional Garnishes:
1/2 cup sliced green onions
chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped peanuts or sesame seeds
crushed red pepper to taste

Cook soba noodles according to package directions, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile: Heat a large, heavy based stainless steel or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Prepare scallops by rinsing quickly under cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
Shave carrot lengthwise into thin strips using a vegetable peeler. Combine broth, tahini, ginger, Tamari, honey, pepper, and garlic; stir with a whisk until smooth.

In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and cayenne. Gently press each side of the scallops into the mixture one at a time. When your pan is hot, add a small pat of butter and coat. Place scallops into the pan and cook untouched for 2-3 minutes, lowering heat a bit if necessary. Using tongs, flip scallops and cook another 2 minutes. DO NOT overcook scallops!

Remove from heat and serve on top of noodles immediately.

Combine carrot and other veggies, peanut sauce, and cooked noodles in a large bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle with slivered green onions, cilantro and chopped peanuts. Top with seared scallops and serve immediately.

Please check out Gwen from Simply Healthy Family.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. I love Gwen and her blog, and I'm glad she led me to yours, Lazaro! This recipe looks fantastic. I've always been leery of scallops because of their texture, but I may be willing to give them another shot.

  2. Scallops with brown sugar and cayenne, love this combo and my kids really enjoy soba noodles. thanks for sharing!!

  3. Absolutely delicious! I love soba and a scallop on top def doesnt hurt ;)

  4. That scallop looks amazing. The last time I saw scallops they were nearly $30 a pound... perhaps they have gone down a bit because I would love to make this lovely dish!

  5. nice recipe and that piece of scallop on top of the soba looks so good!

  6. This dish not only looks great, it has healthy components and the caramelized scallop is to die for.

  7. Oh my goodness, you had me at scallop... this looks unbelievable!

  8. the recipe got my attention not so mcuh for the scallops as much as the sauce for the noodles! I love it when I see tahini used in non-traditional ways successfully. this sounds so delicious.

    1. And where are Tahini and this recipe from?

  9. Ce fut effectivement ce que je recherchais, et j'ai été ravi de venir ici, la recette de mon intérêt aussi longtemps que la source d'un des nouilles de pétoncles ne sont pas pas très mcuh! Merci .....! nous fournir ces informations. Merci pour ce site génial...casino en ligne francais..

  10. Hi Gwen, this is such a gorgeous dish. I love these flavors and the tahini makes it even more special. The scallop is beautifully prepared as well, lovely!
    Another fantastic guest spotlight Laz...

  11. Gwen, what a gorgeous dish! Your caramelized scallop looks amazing!!! Excellent guest post!

  12. Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments on my post everyone. I look forward to heading over to everyone's blogs if they have one. Thanks again for the spot on your fab blog Laz and for the thoughtful words. ;)

  13. Laz, thanks for introducing us to another fantastic blogger!

    Gwen, this looks amazing! I'm a huge fan of scallops but I've never seen them this big...I will definitely be on the lookout for them. Love the addition of tahini in this dish, bet it's a great pairing with soba noodles!

  14. Again, we meet another fantasticc blogger. This scallop is going to be made at home.

    Sorry I have out of commission, but coming back soon.

    Deseandote lome mejor para ti y tu familia.

    Un beso!

  15. Looks delicious! I recently had scallops for the first time and can't stop thinking about them!

  16. Antoher blogger that must be followed. I can just imagine the taste of these caramelized scallops. Bravo!


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