Anise Seared Scallops & Pea Risotto

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  • Author: Kayla Howey



Pea Risotto

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 oz diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 6 oz fresh peas
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Anise Seared Scallops

  • 46 scallops per person
  • 3 tablespoons anise seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ lb sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a saucepan, heat the chicken stock over low heat. Keep warm on the stove until needed. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until tender, 8-10 minutes. Add the Arborio rice and toast for a few seconds. Deglaze the pot with the wine. Using ¼ cup at a time, add the chicken stock to the rice. Stir continuously as the rice absorbs the stock. When all of the stock is added, the rice should be tender. If not, heat more chicken stock and continue to add it in. When the rice is tender and has doubled in volume, stir in the peas, lemon zest, butter and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, clean the scallops by removing their adductor muscle (the firm piece of muscle attached to the side of the scallop). Pat them dry. Toss the anise seeds and garlic powder together. Press one of the sides of the scallops down into the spice mixture so that is has a thick coating. When all of the scallops are coated, heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium hot. When the oil is sizzling, place the scallops spice side down into the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes before flipping each to the other side. Finish cooking for another minute or two (be careful not to overcook or the scallops will become tough). Remove the scallops from the pan and quickly add the mushrooms. Saute for just a minute or two and season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve

  1. Spoon the shiitake mushrooms onto the risotto. Top with the scallops. Squeeze a little lemon over everything and finish with an extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.