Scallop ceviche

By Angus An
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  • 4-8 large live bay scallops, or IQF scallops
  • 2-4 tablespoons Seafood Nahm Jim
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced lemongrass, to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh long-leaf coriander, to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon finely julienned Makrut lime leaves, to garnish
  • Few sprigs of fresh coriander, to garnish
  • 2-4 tablespoons cured salmon roe or sustainable caviar, to garnish (optional)
  • Edible flowers, to garnish (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Fried Shallots, to garnish


  1. Clean the scallop shells with a brush to remove all sand and dirt. The shells will be used as presentation and serving pieces.
  2. Using a flexible palette knife, pry open the two shells slightly, wide enough to stick in your thumb. The tension from the shells might feel uncomfortable, but it will be brief. Insert the palette knife and scrape the inside of the top flat shell until you separate the flesh from the shell. Open the flat top completely and flex the palette knife while scraping the bottom bowl-shaped shell. Once the flesh is completely dislodged from the shell, set it aside in a bowl on ice. Scrape the inside of the shells clean and wash them thoroughly; reserve for serving.
  3. To trim the scallop meat, remove the outer mantle and the liver (black piece), keeping the flesh (muscle) and the roe (orange piece). For this recipe, only the muscle is needed; however, the roe is a tasty piece to incorporate into the ceviche should you feel adventurous.
  4. Slice each scallop into four wedges. Place the scallop wedges back onto the shells and dress each with about 1/2 tablespoon nahm jim.
  5. Garnish with lemongrass, long-leaf coriander, Makrut lime leaves, and coriander sprigs. I also like to serve it with cured salmon roe and an edible flower. Sprinkle the fried shallots on last for texture. Serve immediately.
  6. TIP: When picking out live scallops from your local fishmonger, choose the heavier ones with closed shells. Scallops can vary in size, and picking the heavier ones increases your chances of finding ones with larger flesh (muscle). Test an open shell by squeezing it closed; it should bounce back and close by itself fairly quickly. If there’s no tension and the scallop doesn’t close its shell that means it’s dead. Avoid dead shellfish at all costs and never buy dead shellfish that is “on sale.”

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