Keto Scallops with Romesco Sauce is one of our favorite appetizers. We love Spanish food. Anything with a Spanish Romesco sauce is a treat to the taste buds. It goes so well with chicken and any seafood. But, when combined with scallops, it becomes a masterpiece! If you are looking for a low-carb recipe that will dazzle your guests at any party, this is the one for you.
We recently purchased two pounds of dry scallops and decided to prepare another old favorite, Keto Scallops with Jarlsberg Cheese Sauce. We could not finish them all. Who wants to freeze beautiful fresh scallops? So, we decided to make another plateful of seared scallops. This time we chose a Romesco sauce. That is the beauty of scallops, you can enjoy the sweet taste with a light Jarlsberg cheese sauce one night, and then pair them with a smoky tangy Romesco sauce the next night!
We like large sea scallops for most scallop recipes – these were 10-12 in size and although they are perfect for appetizers, you can make a meal for two. Smaller bay scallops are best for soups, garlic-butter side dishes, and Coquille St. Jacques recipes. However, the larger sea scallops have so much more sweetness. Dry sea scallops are not flash frozen. They are more expensive, but they do taste fresher. Regardless, even if you buy previously frozen sea scallops, make sure you pat them dry to remove excess water.
Romesco sauce is the Spanish version of Marinara Sauce. It combines many of the expected and readily available Spanish ingredients into a taste that is befitting the cuisine. It is a sauce that can be purchased in specialty stores or online (click here), but it tastes so much better when homemade. The ingredients are readily available – red peppers, tomatoes, almonds, garlic, onions, and smoked paprika. There is a hint of thyme leaves and some Spanish wine to top off the ingredient list.
The special flavor of authentic Romesco sauce comes from Ñora peppers. They are difficult to find. You can purchase them online and we can actually taste the difference when we use these special Spanish peppers. They are dried and shipped quickly so you may wish to try them. Tonight we substituted a dried Guajillo pepper, it adds just a touch of heat. Remember, Spanish food is not hot, just flavorful.
Searing your scallops is the needed preparation tip. The technique is so easy, yet so many folks end up with over-cooked rubbery or poached scallops that are missing the classic crust. For Keto Scallops with Romesco Sauce you must have seared scallops. It is simple. First, a medium-high cast iron skillet. Second, use a high smoke point avocado oil. Third, dry the scallops and season simply with salt and pepper. Finally, two minutes on one side, flip and finish for one more minute. Result -> Perfectly Seared Scallops!
You need a top-notch food processor that can handle pulverizing your sliced almonds. They are the key to the chunky presentation you see in the pictures in our post. Joanie loves her new Breville Sous Chef food processor. It is a real workhorse, cleans up easily, and can handle everything perfectly from nuts to cheese. The Romesco sauce is simple – load up the food processor and in a few seconds you have a delicious Spanish sauce.
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Keto Scallops with Romesco Sauce – The Perfect Tapas
Keto Scallops with Romesco Sauce is the perfect Spanish tapas for your next get together! The crusty seared scallops and the sweet buttery texture of the seafood is fantastic. Combine it with the smoky tangy Romesco sauce and you truly have a Spanish restaurant masterpiece. One final touch -> drizzle thyme and garlic infused melted butter on top before serving. Enjoy this Tasty Low Carb favorite!