Neighborhood Kitchens

Chef Rich Garcia's Taylor Bay Scallops with Ceviche Sauce

This simple, quick, and sure-to-please appetizer combines fresh local scallops with a refreshing ceviche sauce.


2 tsp. garlic
2 tsp. peeled ginger
4 tsp. chopped jalapeño
1 bunch cilantro
2 tsp. kosher salt
4 tsp. soy sauce
1 cup lemon juice
8 tsp. lime juice
6 raw scallops, shucked & cleaned
2 Tbs. micro celery


Prepare Ceviche Sauce
With a mortar and pestle, pound garlic until mashed.

Add ginger and continue pounding.

Add jalapeño and continue pounding.

Add cilantro and salt. Keep pounding.

When it is a coarse paste, add some soy sauce and some fresh lemon juice and lime juice.

Prepare Scallops
Remove scallops from shell if necessary. (Optional: Clean the shells, soak them in bleach, and place them in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes to preserve them.)

Slice scallops into thin (approximately quarter-inch wide) pieces and fan them vertically on a plate or the cleaned shell.

Pour approximately three tablespoons of the ceviche sauce over them and add some micro celery for garnish.

Serves: 6

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Rich Garcia is executive chef at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. He shared this recipe with us when he was featured as our guest on Neighborhood Kitchens.


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