Crispy Scallops with Tarragon Cream Recipe
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Crispy Scallops with Tarragon Cream Recipe

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You’ll flip for these tender, crisp-coated scallops. The ridiculously easy, creamy tarragon sauce truly makes this dish a star. Utterly brilliant! —Karen Kuebler, Dallas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2/3 cup Italian-style panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon

Nutritional Facts

4 scallops with about 3 tablespoons sauce: 503 calories, 40g fat (16g saturated fat), 166mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 23g protein .


  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and water. In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and potato flakes. Dip scallops in egg mixture, then coat with crumb mixture.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook scallops in batches for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in tarragon. Serve with scallops. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Crispy Scallops with Tarragon Cream in Simple & Delicious April/May 2012, p43

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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cdlowrance 216612
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Simple and good but the sauce was a bit heavy for the delicate taste of scallops. If you put some pork sausage in it and serve it with biscuits the sauce would be great."

sbhkc90 196412
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"This was amazing!!! I used regular bread crumbs and it worked out just fine. My husband and I couldn't get enough. Can't wait to make this again."

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