Apr 28, 2020

Scallops & Shrimp in Miso Lime Coconut Sauce

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Sautéed shrimp and scallops served in a tangy miso lime coconut sauce over jasmine rice in this unique recipe featuring shellfish.

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While these days I’m craving all types of comfort foods, unfortunately they are not always the healthiest option, but then everything in moderation is my motto! This recipe satisfies my cravings for comfort food with it’s brothy miso coconut sauce. Plus I get plenty of vegetables from the spinach. I love that this recipe is packed with shrimp and scallops, it makes a great summer dinner.

I cook the shrimp and scallops separately in the pan before adding them together because they have different cooking times. While it adds an extra step, this keeps the both the shrimp and scallops moist.

Scallops & Shrimp in Miso Lime Coconut Sauce

All About Miso

Miso paste is made by fermenting soybeans with different grains. There are a variety of types of the salty, sweet and savory paste. For this recipe I use white miso which is fermented with a high percentage of white rice giving it, it’s light color.

The umami-packed ingredient is traditionally used in Japanese cuisine, but I love adding it to everything from vegetable dishes to soups. Miso is salty so taste before adding additional salt to the dish.

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Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Shrimp – The terms “jumbo” and “extra jumbo” and “colossal” aren’t standardized terms within the industry. Instead look at the numbers – they estimate approximately how many shrimp are in 1 pound. The shrimp should be peeled and deveined before beginning the recipe. 
  • Scallops – When cooking with scallops look for “dry packed” as they won’t contain any preservatives or additives. I order from The Scallop Guys, a sustainable company based out of Boston with fresh and 100% natural Atlantic sea scallops. They come frozen, portioned out into individual packages for easy serving.
  • Miso – I use white miso paste in this recipe made from fermented soybeans. This type of miso has a sweeter, more mild taste that complements the coconut milk.
  • Coconut Milk – Coconut comes from the creamy liquid inside mature coconuts. It creates a rich, creamy sauce with a bit of coconut flavor. The coconut milk complements the shrimp and scallops in this dish.

Sautéed shrimp and scallops served in a tangy miso lime coconut sauce over jasmine rice in this unique recipe featuring shellfish.

How to Make Shrimp & Scallops with Miso Lime Sauce

  1. Season the shellfish. Lay out the shrimp on paper towels and season the shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides. Do the same with the scallops. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat through. Add a tablespoon of butter and allow to melt.
  2. Cook the shrimp. Add the shrimp and cook on each side until pink and no longer translucent, about a minute on each side. Remove from pan and place on paper towels. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Cook the scallops. Add the remaining olive oil and butter to the pan, allowing it to melt. Then add the scallops to the pan and cook until lightly browned on each side and just barely cooked through. Remove from the pan and place on a plate.
  4. Sauté the aromatics. Reserve as much oil in the pan as possible and return the pan to medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender and opaque. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir in the miso paste and sauté for 1 minute.
  5. Finish the sauce. Whisk in the coconut milk and 1 cup of water. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Add the spinach and stir until the spinach wilts, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice.
  6. Serve. Return the shrimp and scallops to the pan. Divide the shrimp and scallops among serving bowls with jasmine rice. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serrano peppers and serve immediately.

Sautéed shrimp and scallops served in a tangy miso lime coconut sauce over jasmine rice in this unique recipe featuring shellfish.

Other Recipes to Try

If you enjoyed this dish with shrimp and scallops, give these others a try:

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Scallops & Shrimp in Miso Lime Coconut Sauce

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ¾ pound dry-packed sea scallops
  • ¾ pound jumbo 16/20 per pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup white miso paste
  • 1 (13-ounce) can coconut milk (shake vigorously before opening)
  • 3 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Jasmine rice, for serving
  • Handful cilantro leaves
  • 1 medium serrano pepper, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  • Lay out the shrimp on paper towels and season the shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides. Do the same with the scallops. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat through. Add a tablespoon of butter and allow to melt.
  • Add the shrimp and cook on each side until pink and no longer translucent, about a minute on each side. Remove from pan and place on paper towels. Cover to keep warm.
  • Add the remaining olive oil and butter to the pan, allowing it to melt, then add the scallops to the pan and cook until lightly browned on each side and just barely cooked through, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and place on a plate.
  • Reserve as much oil in the pan as possible and return the pan to medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender and opaque, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add the miso paste and sauté for 1 minute. Whisk in the coconut milk and 1 cup of water. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Add the spinach and stir until the spinach wilts, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice.
  • Return the shrimp and scallops to the pan. Divide the shrimp and scallops among serving bowls with jasmine rice. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serrano peppers and serve immediately.

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  1. 5 stars
    A hit at our family table, so much so that we did not have any leftovers. This recipe is flavorful and sophisticated, yet so simple to create! A truly special dish that we will certainly be enjoying again! Try it!

  2. We made this last night and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was so incredibly delicious! The only changes we made were adding 2 serranos in with the red onion for more heat and we used rice noodles instead of rice. (The recipe didn’t mention when to add the lime juice so we just stirred it in at the end.) Highly recommend this recipe! It is a keeper!

    • SO happy to hear you enjoyed!! Love some more heat and love the rice noodle swap! I will definitely have to try that out. Thank you for the note on the lime juice! Apologies & I will make sure to add that step! Your notes on recipes help to make them the best they can be!!