Veracruz Scallops with Cool Green Chile Sauce – Weber


  • 3 long Anaheim chile peppers
  • 3 scallions, root ends discared, all the rest roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 large sea scallops, each about 2 ounces
  • vegetable oil
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime

Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat.

Grill the chile peppers over direct high heat with the lid open until they are blackened and blistered in spots all over. This should take about 3 to 5 minutes and should be turned occasionally. Remove the chiles from the grill when cool enough to handle, remove and discard the stem ends. Using a sharp knife, scrape off and discard nearly all the blackened skins. Roughly chop the remaining parts of the chiles and drop them into a food processor or blender. Add the scallions, cilantro and garlic. Process to make a coarse paste, scraping down the inside fo the bowl once or twice. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and process to create a smooth sauce. This should take about 2 minutes. If the sauce seem stoo thick, add a little water and adjust the seasonings.

In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients.

Rinse the scallops under cold water and remove the small, tough muscle that might be left on each side. Place the scallops in a large bowl and add enough oil to coat them lightly. Add the rub, lime zest and lime juice. Mix well to coat the scallops.

Grill the scallops over direct high heat with the lid closed until they are slightly firm on the surface and opaque in the center. This should take 4 to 6 minutes and only require to be flipped once. Remove from the grill and serve warm with the sauce.

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