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Seared Scallop, Pickled Watermelon, Crispy Amaranth

Celeb Chef Hayden Quinn prepares this delicious summer dish that tastes as good as it looks!


  • 10 slices watermelon (0.5cm thick x 4cm x 3cm)

  • ½ cup(125ml) piping hot water

  • ¼ cup (60ml) rice wine vinegar

  • 3 tbs. sugar

  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds

  • 1 long red chilli, sliced

  • 10 fresh plump scallops, roe removed, detached and cleaned (retain shells)

  • sea salt flakes

  • butter

  • 1 ½ tbs. puffed amaranth

  • coriander cress

  • purple basil cress


  • 1.

    Slice watermelon and place in resealable container. Combine hot water, rice wine vinegar, sugar, coriander seed and chilli. Stir until sugar dissolves and then cover watermelon with pickling liquid. Place into fridge for no longer than 30 mins.

  • 2.

    Season scallops lightly with sea salt. Heat a medium heavy based frying pan on high heat, add a knob of butter to pan and in batches, cleaning out pan and adding more butter each time, caramelise the scallops on each side so they are just cooked and golden.

  • 3.

    To serve, place chilled pickled watermelon rectangle on canape serving spoon, top with seared scallop, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon puffed amaranth, garnish with coriander and purple basil cress. Serve immediately.


Serves: 10
Time: 45 minutes
Developed by Hayden Quinn as seen in Hayden Cook Summer Ebook

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