1/2 pound sea scallops*
Freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice
1 cup shredded cabbage
3 to 4 green onions, thinly sliced (white part and some of the green)
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons light or fat-free mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Splenda to taste**
Dash of Tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
2 (6-inch) flour or wheat low-fat tortillas, warmed***
* Most purchased scallops are wet-packed and have been soaked in a liquid solution that keeps them looking white. To remove this solution, rinse the scallops thoroughly and then pat them dry with paper towels. If you can find "dry-packed" scallops (which have not been soaked), you don't need to rinse them. Scallops have an adductor muscle (sometimes called a "foot") on it's side. It is a tough little tab of meat that you should cut off before cooking the scallop because it can be kind of chewy.
** Splenda is the trade name for the dietary sweetener sucralose. This non-calorie sweetener is derived from sugar.
*** Learn How To Make Homemade Corn Tortillas
Wash the scallops gently and pat dry with some paper towel.
In a large re-sealable plastic bag or a bowl, add scallops; sprinkle lemon juice and seasoning salt over the scallops and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no more than 1 hour.
In a medium-size bowl, combine cabbage, green onions, cilantro, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, Splenda, Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to cook, remove scallops from refrigerator. Drain well, and pat dry (be sure that they are well dried before cooking, so the surface sears, rather than steams).
In a large non-stick frying pan that has been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray, heat over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. When the pan is hot, place scallops in the pan; sear each side for approximately 4 minutes or until an instant-read cooking or meat thermometer inserted into their centers reach 115 degrees F.
Remove from heat. The carryover cooking will add another 10 to 15 degrees, for an ideal final temperature of 125 to 130 degrees F. They should also have lost their translucence and turn opaque. Immediately remove scallops from pan to avoid over cooking while plating (scallops are muscles and will toughen with overcooking).
This is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. Originally designed for professional users, the Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world.
When ready to serve:
Either wrap tortillas in paper toweling and warm in microwave or -
Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan or griddle (moisten hands lightly with water; rub over tortillas, one at a time). Place tortilla flat into an ungreased heavy frying pan or onto a cast-iron griddle medium heat; turn frequently until soft and pliable, approximately 30 seconds.
Remove from heat and stack hot tortillas in a covered dish or wrap in aluminum foil. Keep hot for up to 2 hours on an electric warming tray or in a 150 degree F. oven. NOTE: In place of water, I sometimes use non-stick cooking spray.
To Serve: Spoon 1/2 cup of the cabbage mixture onto each tortillas. Add 1/2 of the scallops. Fold in sides and roll up to serve.
Makes 2 servings.