Recipe Love: Just Add Duck Fat’s Seared Scallops

I was recently turned onto Just Add Duck Fat’s blog by a friend and have since spent hours scrolling through pages of deliciousness, bookmarking my favourite recipes to try this week.

My top dish to try this week is Seared scallops, cauliflower and roast garlic puree, bacon and peas. By now your mouth should already be salivating, unless of course you are allergic to seafood in which case STAY AWAY.

I have always wanted to cook scallops at home but never really found the perfect recipe, but this is definitely it.

As Adam (the brains behind Just Add Duck Fat) tells us “like all great dishes, the key is balance and contrast. While scallops classically pair well with cauliflower puree, it is the contrasting colours and textures of the bacon and peas that round this dish out.”

Check out the blow by blow below or head to Just Add Duck Fat for more!


– scallops
– bacon, sliced into little chunks
– 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
– one bulb of garlic
– 300mL milk
– 2 bay leaves
– salt and pepper
– frozen peas
– duck fat (or other oil) to fry


1. Chop the bottom of the garlic bulb and place in oven at 200C for 20-30 min. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of each clove and reserve.
2. Bring the milk to a gentle simmer, add the bay leaves and cauliflower. Simmer for 45 min until very soft. Drain, reserving milk.
3. Puree cauliflower and garlic in blender, adding a little milk at a time, until suitable texture achieved. Season to taste.
4. Fry the bacon chunks until well crisped. Remove, reserving the rendered bacon fat.
5. Place bacon on a tray in oven at 180C for a further ten minutes to crisp up even more. Fry the frozen peas in the bacon fat, seasoning well. Do it over a low heat for only about 5 min. Or they will explode, and shower you in hot bacon fat.
6. Whizz the bacon into little shards and powder in a blender.
7. Sear the scallops quickly over a high heat, as described above.
8. Serve over a smear of puree, and sprinkle with bacon and peas.

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  • Reply godsaur Tuesday 24th July, 2012 at 10:43 am

    will try it!

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Saturday 7th July, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Yum! This looks so good!

  • Reply T1NA Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    oh wow, looks amazing!

  • Reply thugsy Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 8:50 am


  • Reply Nimma Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 8:48 am

    ummmm yummmmyyyy

  • Reply leckytomato Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 10:55 am

    looks awesomely delicious. shall try making it someday!

  • Reply coyleshana Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 1:00 am


  • Reply cadam Thursday 28th June, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Oh delish..

  • Reply jreilly Thursday 28th June, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Im taking notes,I will make tonight.

  • Reply dj23249 Thursday 28th June, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Looks and sounds delicious

  • Reply srslyalex Thursday 28th June, 2012 at 1:55 am

    This looks great!

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Thursday 28th June, 2012 at 12:35 am

    ahaha so random, nice article

  • Reply AmberB Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Sounds delicious!!!

  • Reply MsKimo Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing!

  • Reply Zerotolove Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Droooooooooooooooool! xx

  • Reply paperplane__x Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 5:02 pm


  • Reply fizzybubbles Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    only two on the plate? i’m sorry, i’d need at least 50…just because i’m greedy.

  • xbecccc
    Reply xbecccc Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    that looks delicious!

  • MissSharlene
    Reply MissSharlene Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Yum sounds delish!!!

  • Reply Raquel24 Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    i loved duck when i lied in France! Must elarn how to cook it properly

  • Reply maggielyly Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 12:41 pm


  • Reply Ian Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 11:24 am

    now how can you not love this, it sounds great will have to try it

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