Scallops with Sauted Sweet Potato Relish and Tamarind-Guava Sauce
Chef Hubert Lorenz
Restaurant: Caneel Bay Resort
St. John, U.S.V.I.
Tamarind, also known as the Indian date, is grown locally on the Caribbean
islands. Used to flavor Asian cuisines, it can be found in Asian markets in
various forms. Tamarind paste is used in this recipe to add its very
distinctive flavor to the sauce.
Sweet Potato Relish
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced
1/3 cup green bell pepper, seeded, deribbed and diced
1/3 cup red bell pepper, seeded, deribbed and diced
1/3 cup green zucchini, unpeeled, diced
2 slices red onion, diced
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup guava juice
1 Tablespoon tamarind paste
12 sea scallops
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 Tablespoons semolina
3 Tablespoons olive oil
4 cilantro sprigs
To make the sweet potato relish: Heat olive oil in a medium saute pan or skillet
over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato and red onion to the olive oil and
saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add peppers and chicken stock and cook 2
more minutes. Add zucchini and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the
butter until melted. Set aside in a warm place.
To make the sauce: In a small saute pan, heat the guava juice to simmering over
medium heat and cook until slightly reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes. Add
tamarind paste and cook 1 minute. Let the sauce cool and put it in a squeeze
To prepare the scallops: Season the scallops with salt and pepper. Dip each
scallop into the semolina, one side only. In a medium saute pan, heat the olive
oil over medium-high heat. Sear the scallops, semolina-side first, 3 or 4 at a
time, for 1 minute per side, or until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and
drain on paper towels.
To serve: Pipe the sauce over the plate in a swirled design. Arrange 3 small
servings of sweet potato relish on the plate. Top each serving of relish with
a scallop, semolina-side up. Garnish the plate with a fresh cilantro sprig.
Repeat with remaining plates.