If you're looking for a delicious and impressive starter recipe, look no further than this scallops and black pudding dish.
Simple to prepare, and the result is sure to wow your guests when serving the plates!
In this post, we'll show you how to pan-fry the scallops, black pudding and bacon perfectly and present beautifully with bright green pea puree.
This shellfish starter recipe only has a few ingredients, available in supermarkets, or buy scallops from fishmongers and black pudding from the butchers.
- Black Pudding
- Frozen Peas
What are Scallops?
Scallops are a type of seafood that is often considered a delicacy.
They are usually round or oval and have a white or pinkish colour. Scallops are found in both fresh and saltwater and harvested all year round.
What do scallops taste like?
There are many different types of scallops, but the most common are king scallops. These scallops are large and have a sweet, delicate flavour similar to crab or lobster.
Choose scallops that are nice and white, with a slightly pinkish hue.
The scallop size doesn't matter; make sure they're all around the same size to cook evenly.
They should feel firm with a slight bounce to the touch. Avoid wet or slimy scallops, as this is a sign of spoilage.
Finally, give them a sniff; fresh scallops will have a sweet, ocean-like aroma.
How to prepare scallops
The first step is to remove it from the shell, then remove small side muscle from the scallops if it's still attached; this is easy; no knife required, peel it off with your fingers.
Can you eat the orange part of a scallop?
The small side muscle of the scallop is edible, but a bit chewy.
If you don't want to waste the scallop side muscle, make a flavourful seafood stock?
Do I need to wash scallops?
Yes, washing scallops before cooking them is essential to remove any sand, dirt, or debris on the surface.
Rinse them under cold water and then pat dry with a paper towel.
Place on a small plate, season the scallops with salt and pepper.
How to cook scallops
When it comes to cooking scallops, the most important thing is not to overcook them.
Put olive oil in a frying pan over high heat. Sear the scallops for 2-3 minutes on each side until they're golden brown on the top. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Cooking scallops this way will ensure that they're nice and tender, with a beautiful sear on the outside.
They'll become tough and rubbery if you cook them for too long, so be careful!
What is Black Pudding?
Black pudding is a blood sausage popular in England, Scotland and Ireland.
It contains pork blood, pork fat, oatmeal and spices, formed into a sausage casing and cooked before being sold.
The white chunks seen in the slices are not fat but oatmeal and barley.
You can buy a whole black pudding sausage to chop yourself or buy big slices already chopped.
What does black pudding taste like?
Black pudding has a distinctive flavour and oaty, slightly spiced nutty taste with a smooth yet crumbly texture. It doesn't taste like blood, as many would think?
How to cook black pudding:
Black pudding comes already cooked, so all you are doing is warming it through; we like to fry black pudding for a crisp finish.
First, heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add the black pudding slices and cook for 2 -3 minutes on each side.
They're ready when nicely browned and slightly crisp around the edges. Perfect for serving with this scallop recipe.
Black Pudding Substitution
Don't like the idea of eating pork blood? There are other options available.
White pudding is made with pork, pork fat, oatmeal, and spices.
Vegetarian Black Pudding
There is also a vegetarian option that uses vegetable fats instead of pork fat.
Or you could serve just the scallops with pea puree and crispy bacon!
Making Crispy Bacon
Crispy bacon bits are perfect for adding salty flavour and crisp texture to this scallop starter recipe.
Chop the bacon into small pieces. Heat a large pan with a dash of oil over medium heat, then add the bacon.
Cook for eight to ten minutes, or until it's crisp. Once done, remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
Alternatively, cook bacon in an air fryer and chop into small pieces.
We have a separate blog post with our Pea Puree Recipe.
It is easy to make using frozen peas and butter; you can also add the additional flavouring by using stock instead of water to boil the peas.
Before blending the cooked peas, save a few whole peas for decorating the finished scallops with pea puree recipe.
Or make it a minted pea by adding mint jelly during pureeing.
Starter Plating Presentation
Once your scallops and black pudding slices are cooked, it's time to assemble the dish. Start by pouring a generous amount of pea purée onto each plate.
Use the back of a spoon to smear it across the plate into a teardrop shape.
Place the cooked black pudding slices on top of the pea puree, then the scallop.
Finish decorating the plate with the peas, crispy bacon and pea shoots. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with pea shoots and a wedge of lemon.
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Scallops and Black Pudding with Pea Puree
- Olive Oil
- 4 Slices Bacon diced
- 4 Slices Black Pudding
- 4 King Scallops
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Lemon cut into wedges
- 20 g Pea Shoots Alternative - watercress or baby spinach
Optional - Pea Puree Recipe
- 300 grams Frozen Peas
- Mint Jelly Optional
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- Make pea puree - click through to our recipe -reserve some peas before pureeing to use for decorating the plate!300 grams Frozen Peas, 1 tablespoon Butter, Mint Jelly
- Fry the bacon in a dash of olive oil over medium-high heat until crispy - about 8 minutes.4 Slices Bacon, Olive Oil
- At the same time in another frying pan, add a splash of olive oil to cook the black pudding for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Cover the black pudding and bacon with foil to keep warm.4 Slices Black Pudding, Olive Oil
- Clean the scallops in cold water, remove them from the shell and detach the orange side muscle by gently pulling with your fingers (Discard the muscle or use it to create a seafood stock)4 King Scallops
- Season the fresh scallops with salt & pepperSalt and Pepper
- Add another splash of oil (if needed) into the same pan that the bacon was cooked and sear the scallops for 2 ½ minutes on each side.Add a small squeeze of juice from the wedge of lemon, halfway through cooking.4 King Scallops, 1 Lemon
- Use the pea puree with a spoon to create a teardrop-shaped base, then place the black pudding on top.
- Add scallop then decorate the plate with the peas, crispy bacon, pea shoots and season with salt and pepper.20 g Pea Shoots, Salt and Pepper
This scallops and black pudding recipe is sure to impress your guests. Enjoy!