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Recipe: A little Indulgence with Chorizo, Smashed Pea, Mint & Scallops

We don’t eat enough fish. We really don’t. I don’t know why, for islanders, we have such an aversion to it and why it is so difficult to source good fresh fish.

Of course, there are great fishmongers and we need to support them. Fish is so good for us, healthy and quick too cook too. It’s an ethical minefield but your fishmonger will advise what is good to eat. Ethical fish is often inexpensive too, there’s a lot of fish which we usually don’t eat – and therefore over fish – that tastes great too.

Now, you hear scallops and you probably think ‘eeeek, they’re so expensive!’ And they are. Especially if you buy the ones that don’t harm the sea floor and taste better – and please do buy hand-dived scallops from your fishmonger if you can. However, there are ways of serving a scallop dish where it becomes a bit of a bargain. And that is to serve them with other ingredients that suit and also bring down the cost of the over all dish.

This dish is a perfect starter or grazing snack if you have friends round. One large scallop will do per person, and will feel so luxurious that everyone will be happy. Serve with a crisp white wine on cold winter night and remember summer while you toast your toes in front of the fire. Of course you can also serve it as a main or just make a lot for yourself.

Chorizo is a dream with scallops. It’s bolshy big, strong and is a perfect partner with the more delicate scallop, and in small amounts it doesn’t overwhelm. The sweetness and delicacy of the humble pea – and frozen is fine – pitches in perfectly, and some fresh mint livens it all up. Some onion serves as a gentle base adding some further sweetness.

This takes 15 minutes – honestly – and rewards you with flavour in spades. If you want to be a bit more luxurious, add some cream, although it is perfectly nice and fresh without it.

Recipe on iVillage: A little Indulgence with chorizo, smashed pea, mint & scallops | iVillage UK




  1. Yummy. Lots of my favourite ingredients all on one plate! Do you have a fishmonger that you particularly recommend? We tend to either buy from Borough Market or the fish counter in the supermarket. It would be nice to know of a good fishmonger that we can go to mid week.

  2. Mmm, they look like great scallops (and I’m partial to a bit of chorizo)! Living in Leeds we’re about as far from the sea as possible in the UK so not a great selection unless I go down to the market at the weekend, they stock the biggest prawns I’ve ever seen! A friend of mine has started a street food stall here called Fish& selling sustainably sourced fish & chips. They’re no ordinary fish and chips though, they do things like mackeral bap and cod with a chilli and lime batter. It’s really changing people’s opinion of fish eating around here.

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  4. Scallops are my favourite, and the sweetness goes lovely with the smokey chorizo, though I must admit if I only had the one on my plate i’d feel a little cheated! I’d need at least three.

  5. What a great flavour combination – I think I might take your advice and cook lots just for me! We don’t have a good nearby fishmongers, the nearest is half an hour in a car, but always worth a visit. I wish I knew more about how to cook ethically caught fish and which types to go for, especially as you say they are good on the wallet.

  6. First visit here and I am, drooling already, lovely food, nice photography. I sometimes find scallops wonderful and sometimes not. I think I might have been overcooking them, last time I just gave them a very quick spin round a very hot pan and they came out great is that the trick?

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