The recipe for Kevin Myers' starter on RTÉ's 'The Restaurant'.


  • 12 queen scallops
  • 2 heads of broccoli (trimmed)
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 tblsp vegetable oil
  • 100 ml cream
  • salt and pepper


  • Trim the broccoli and break into individual florets.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and add the florets to it.
  • Cook the broccoli for 6-8 minutes until just soft, and drain in colander.
  • Place the broccoli in a food processor with half the butter and pulse for about 30-40 seconds.
  • Then add the cream little by little and pulse after each addition to check that the purée is not thinning too much.
  • When the texture is right, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Remove the orange coral from the scallops and the rough outer membrane.
  • Heat a heavy based frying-pan with the rest of the butter and the vegetable oil.
  • Then sear the scallops in the pan for about 30 seconds on either side until slightly caramelized but still moist in the middle.
  • To serve, place some broccoli purée on a dish and arrange 3 scallops on top, garnish with a grinding of black pepper and serve immediately.

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