Sea Scallops with Sugar Snap Peas and Chervil

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 6 servings
  • Prep 5 mins
  • Cook 25 mins

Snap peas are barely cooked for a crisp texture and sweetest flavor.

Alexandra Grablewski

If you don't have chervil, substitute parsley, basil or fennel fronds.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 pounds large sea scallops (20 or 30 scallops), tough muscle removed if still attached
1/4 teaspoon Coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped chervil or other fresh herbs


  1. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add peas and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer peas to a plate and set aside. 
  2. Return skillet to heat and add remaining oil. Pat scallops dry and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place scallops in the hot pan, being careful not to overcrowd them (work in 2 batches if necessary). Cook without moving them until browned and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn over and continue cooking on the other side until thoroughly cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer scallops to a warm plate. 
  3. Add white wine to skillet. Pour in any juices from the scallops that have accumulated on the plate. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add butter a few pieces at a time, swirling pan continuously. Add lemon rind and juice and chervil. Add peas to pan and stir to coat with sauce. 
  4. Arrange scallops on 6 warm plates and divide peas and sauce among them.

Recipe adapted with permission from Outstanding in the Field: A Farm to Table Cookbook, by Jim Denevan with Marah Stets (Clarkson Potter, 2008).



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