Asparagus rice with weared scallops

AuthorHungry PandaCategoryDifficultyIntermediate

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

To cook in the rice cooker
 1 cup (rice measuring cup) long grain white rice
 1 ¼ cups (rice measuring cup) water
For blanching asparagus
 2 qts water
 1 tbsp salt for blanching water
 12 oz fresh asparagus
 1 clove garlic, peeled
 1 whole fresh shallot, peeled
 2 qts ice water to chill
To add to blender
 2 tbsp whole butter at room temperature
 ½ tsp salt
 blanching water as needed
To garnish
 ½ lb large sea scallops
 ½ tsp salt
 2 tsp canola or other neutral flavored vegetable oil

1

Measure rice accurately using the measuring cup that came with your rice cooker. Rinse rice quickly once, drain and place in the inner cooking pan. Add water and cook the rice using the “Mixed Rice” setting.

2

While the rice is cooking, blanch the asparagus. Boil the water in a saucepan and add 1 Tbsp. of salt. Also prepare 2 quarts ice water. Cut off the hard ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut the tips off the asparagus, about 2 inches, and reserve separately. Chop the remainder of the stalks into short, even pieces.

3

Add the chopped asparagus stalks (but not the tips), garlic and shallot to boiling water and blanch for 1 minute. Remove from boiling water and plunge into ice water to chill thoroughly.

4

Remove chilled asparagus from ice water and place in a blender with salt and softened butter. Puree until mixture is smooth – use a small amount of the blanching water to facilitate smooth blending if needed.

5

Repeat blanching and chilling procedure with asparagus tips; hold tips separately for garnishing.

6

Place oil in a small sauté pan (6-8” diameter) and heat until quite hot, almost smoking. Sprinkle scallops with salt and sear until lightly browned. When scallops are cooked, remove from the pan.

7

Add asparagus tips to the hot pan and toss quickly to heat through.

8

When rice completes cooking, gently fold in the asparagus puree.

9

Serve in bowls and garnish each serving with the scallops and asparagus tips.

Ingredients

To cook in the rice cooker
 1 cup (rice measuring cup) long grain white rice
 1 ¼ cups (rice measuring cup) water
For blanching asparagus
 2 qts water
 1 tbsp salt for blanching water
 12 oz fresh asparagus
 1 clove garlic, peeled
 1 whole fresh shallot, peeled
 2 qts ice water to chill
To add to blender
 2 tbsp whole butter at room temperature
 ½ tsp salt
 blanching water as needed
To garnish
 ½ lb large sea scallops
 ½ tsp salt
 2 tsp canola or other neutral flavored vegetable oil

Directions

1

Measure rice accurately using the measuring cup that came with your rice cooker. Rinse rice quickly once, drain and place in the inner cooking pan. Add water and cook the rice using the “Mixed Rice” setting.

2

While the rice is cooking, blanch the asparagus. Boil the water in a saucepan and add 1 Tbsp. of salt. Also prepare 2 quarts ice water. Cut off the hard ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut the tips off the asparagus, about 2 inches, and reserve separately. Chop the remainder of the stalks into short, even pieces.

3

Add the chopped asparagus stalks (but not the tips), garlic and shallot to boiling water and blanch for 1 minute. Remove from boiling water and plunge into ice water to chill thoroughly.

4

Remove chilled asparagus from ice water and place in a blender with salt and softened butter. Puree until mixture is smooth – use a small amount of the blanching water to facilitate smooth blending if needed.

5

Repeat blanching and chilling procedure with asparagus tips; hold tips separately for garnishing.

6

Place oil in a small sauté pan (6-8” diameter) and heat until quite hot, almost smoking. Sprinkle scallops with salt and sear until lightly browned. When scallops are cooked, remove from the pan.

7

Add asparagus tips to the hot pan and toss quickly to heat through.

8

When rice completes cooking, gently fold in the asparagus puree.

9

Serve in bowls and garnish each serving with the scallops and asparagus tips.

Asparagus rice with weared scallops