Smoked Scallops, Scallop Tartare, Lime & Rosemary Granita

I wanted to share this recipe with everyone as it’s not a ‘pan-fried’ scallops recipe. This recipe demonstrates how you can get the real natural flavours out of the scallops whilst giving its audience a new texture to explore. Try to find the best quality scallops around (freshly shucked if possible) from the market if you can for the curing and the tartare. When curing the scallops, be careful not to over cure them as it can ruin the flavour completely. When smoking the scallops, make sure you have a light hot smoke, otherwise the flavours won’t be balanced. If you want to save on time, the granita can be made the day before as it is the frozen element of the dish.
Smoked Scallops, Scallop Tartare, Lime & Rosemary Granita

Ingredients and Methods

Cure Mix

18 large Canadian scallops
200g salt
100g sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
Zest of 2 limes

Smoke Mix

100 g sugar
50g black tea
100g rice

Marinate scallops in the cure mix for 2-3 hours, wash and pat dry.

Line a wok (must have a tight fitting lid) with foil, place smoke mix and small cake rack 4-5 cm above smoke mix. Lay scallops on the tray, turn the heat up till the mix starts to burn (smoke). Turn the head down and place lid on top and smoke for 5-10 mins till scallop is golden.


Dice 6 raw Harvey Bay scallops and mix with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper, lemon zest of 1 lemon and chopped chives


100ml water
100ml lime juice
100g sugar
1 handful fresh rosemary

Bring all ingredients up to the boil, remove from heat and let marinate from 10-15mins. Pass through a fine sieve and freeze overnight in a shallow tray.

To Plate

Place 3 scallops, finely shaved radish, cucumber and tablespoon of scallop tartare decoratively on plate. Scrape the granita with a spoon and heap to large tablespoons over the scallops. Garnish with fresh herbs, dill is lovely pairing with this dish.

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