Seared Scallops with Sherry Cream Sauce + Arrange Your Own Simple Flower Bouquet
Saturday October 10, 2020

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Simple. Scrumptious, Seasonal and Fresh.

In fewer than 20 minutes, this meal, like many shell-fish dishes is done and on the plate with a complementary sauce.

Finding a high quality sherry wine elevates the entire flavor experience, so the next time you find yourself in the seafood section of the market and the fresh sea scallops catch your eye, grab a handful.

I thoroughly enjoy making this dish in the middle of the week as I know with confidence I will be satiated, and it won’t take long to make.

Choose a pasta that will soak up as much of the sauce as you want. I love the ruffle edges of this pasta I found at Trader Joe’s.

Now to the episode! And remember to stay tuned until and through the end as a new Everyday Luxury will be shared and this week, it’s all about flowers.

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~Tour my full kitchen and learn all of the details and my approach to this new space as well as how I decided on a La Cornue stove to be my lifetime stove. I am so tickled with how it was customized and transformed this summer (2020). (be sure to become a TOP Tier subscriber to be able to view the tour post.)

An Everyday Luxury

Arrange simple, yet truly luxurious bouquets for the summer and fall season.

A simple luxury I welcome into my home each week are fresh bouquets of flowers. Whether I have the opportunity to bring flowers in from my garden or pick them up at Trader Joe’s, they are inexpensive and brighten my everydays. Finding or buying flowers wasn’t always available to me prior to moving to Bend, so I have reveled in the proximity of the affordability and seasonal options at TJ’s and now being able to go out into my own garden and clip a few blooms here and there to bring inside.

Tune in to the end of today’s episode as I will demonstrate how to arrange two different bouquets – one with gladiolus ($10) and another with dahlias ($15) (seen below).

Links from the Episode:

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Pan-Seared Scallops with Sherry Cream Sauce

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A luxurious and simple dish for one. Splurge on yourself and pick up the fresh scallops in your fish monger's display case, pair with pasta and a lovely glass of white wine and savor a day ending well.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 person


  • 4-6 large sea scallops (4-6 ounces) remember to pat them dry with a paper towel before placing in the pan.
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter (top quality my favorite – Isigny Ste Mère 
  • 1 Tbsp shallot minced
  • pinch celery seed
  • 3 Tbsp Amontillado, dry sherry purchase quality, but it does not have to be drinking sherry
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar substitutes – white, champage or red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • chives chopped, for garnish
  • fleur de sel & freshly ground black pepper for seasoning and to taste



  • Choose the type of pasta you would like to pair with your scallops and sauce. Depending upon how long the pasta needs to cook to reach al dente, begin heating the water before you cook the scallops and cook the pasta while you cook the scallops and make the sauce. If however, you are cooking angel hair pasta, cook the pasta while you are making the sauce, and after you have cooked the scallops.


  • Bring out the fresh scallops and pat them dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  • Using a small skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the scallops, cooking 2-3 minutes on the first side. Do not fuss with them, just let them cook without touching them. You are wanting a nice, gentle sear. Flip to the second side and cook for 1-2 minutes. When they are opaque, but just and no more, remove them from the pan and set aside (cover with foil to keep them warm or place them somewhere warm).


  • Remove the pan from the heat for a moment in order to add the minced shallot and celery seed. Sauté these two together for one minute off of the heat (the pan will still be hot). Return the pan to the heat with the sautéd shallot and celery seed combined, turn the pan to medium heat. Add the sherry and vinegar, cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the cream and bring the pan to a gentle simmer, reducing the sauce just enough to your preferred viscosity (thickness).
  • Place the pasta in the dishes, pour the sauce over the pasta, placing the scallops on top of the pasta and sauce. Complete with a garnish, if desired, of chopped chives. Enjoy!

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12 thoughts on “Seared Scallops with Sherry Cream Sauce + Arrange Your Own Simple Flower Bouquet

  1. Good Afternoon Shannon. Sea Scallops are a favorite here. I have never made a sauce like this one, I tend to use my old standby of lemon, chive and butter. Will look for this Sherry and give this one a go. Thank you, the bouquets are lovely!

  2. Hi Shannon: Just printed out this recipe; you made the scallops look delicious! What kind of pan are you using in this episode?

  3. I planted some gladiolas in the spring. They stemmed right up and I thought I would have beautiful flowers. Sadly, they never bloomed. I’m in a quandary about what to do with them.

    The dish looks delicious.


  4. Shannon,

    It is one of my simple luxuries to check in on your blog and to get the latest Sunday afternoon vlog episode. One of the sweetest elements is how you help us to stop, acknowledge, and enjoy the simple things like the magic of 6 sea scallops or a couple of bunches of bright flowers from our local market. In the driving consumerism that bombards us to fill our lives with more stuff, it is a breath of fresh air to have someone making the simple things desirable again. Thank you for investing yourself into this mission each week!


  5. Thanks for another lovely episode Shannon. I hope you don’t mind me saying but your presenting style has developed so much from the first series and you can really see your confidence now in front of the camera which makes for a lovely viewing experience! I enjoyed the simple luxury at the end, I love dahlias especially the Pom Pom variety.

    1. Wishing you both a delicious and happy new year’s eve celebration. 😌 Thank you for stopping by. This is one of my favorite, if not the favorite scallops recipe to make. You can do it!

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