I have a new pot of Lemon Grass that I started last year. Lemon Grass grows fast and it gets really, really big if you let it, so I’ve decided to be aggressive this time around and have been looking for recipes to use it with (I had a large pot I used to lug in and out of the house every year and it was just too unruly, and those leaves can be sharp!). I decided to try threading it through scallops and it worked beautifully, The result? Lemon Grass Grilled Sea Scallops…
Lemon Grass Grilled Sea Scallops
- 1 Stalk Lemon Grass (per 4 or 5 scallops)
- 5 Scallops (per person (or more - your call))
- olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
|Cut the stalks from your plant, wash and clean off the old outer leaves. Cut the end on an angle so you can easily thread the scallops. (You can also buy them in pre-cut bundles at Asian grocers).|
|Rinse your scallops, pat dry and thread 4 or 5 onto the lemon grass stalk.|
|Rub with a good dose of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let sit for a few minutes to impart flavor.|
|Place the skewers in a grill basket and set over the cooler side of your grill. Cook for total of about 5 minutes, flipping once. Do not overcook or you'll be unhappy.|
I had a Beurre Blanc on the side too add a little moisture, but it didn’t really need it. A squeeze of lemon would have been just fine.
And if you don’t have a grill basket make sure you use a spatula and tongs or a pair of spatulas. The lemon grass will have burned a bit and might not be able to hold their weight. And if you’d like to buy a grill basket try Sur La Table .
Hope you like this. The lemon grass really works well with the scallops… Oh, and if you want to buy a lemon grass plant try your local garden center in the spring, they often have them or you can try it from seed at rareseeds.com