Sous Vide Scallops with Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

Tabbouleh is a very herbaceous salad from the Middle East that is largely parsley and mint based. It has some bulgur in it to bulk it out and some lemon juice and tomatoes to add acidity with a little sweet onion to complete the suite of flavors. Many recipes specify cold soaking the bulgur with the tomato juices and some extra water but here I just call for pre-cooked bulgur to make it simpler.

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Tabbouleh is often eaten by itself, on lettuce leaves, or with warm pitas, but here I like to serve it alongside scallops to add flavor to them without overpowering the delicate scallop flavor.

When I sous vide scallops, I like to cook them at 122°F (50°C) for 15 to 35 minutes and then sear them on one side until they just start to brown. I like to simply season them with salt and pepper, and a light sprinkling of coriander and cumin.

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Many people ask why you should sous vide scallops when they are easy to make already. In addition to the peace of mind of knowing that they are perfectly cooked, the sous vide process also slightly changes the texture of the scallops, making them a little firmer and denser.

When sealing, be sure to do it lightly so you do not crush the scallops too much.

Sous vide scallops tabbouleh bagged

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Sous Vide Scallops with Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

  • Published: May 23, 2018
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cooks: 122°F (50°C) for 15 to 35 minutes
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients for Sous Vide Scallops with Tabbouleh Salad

Sous vide scallops tabbouleh top
  • For the Scallops

  • 1 pound large scallops (450 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • For the Tabbouleh Salad

  • 3 cups well dried and finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup well dried and finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup cooked / hydrated bulgur, well drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 sweet onion, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • To Assemble

  • Fresh mint leaves

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Cooking Instructions for Sous Vide Scallops with Tabbouleh Salad

For the Scallops

Preheat the water bath to 122°F (50°C).

Mix the spices together in a bowl. Salt and pepper the scallops then sprinkle with the spice mixture. Add to the sous vide bag in a single layer then lightly seal. Place the sous vide bag in the water bath and cook for 15 to 35 minutes.

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For the Tabbouleh Salad

Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl.

To Assemble

Take the sous vide bag out of the water bath and remove the cooked scallops. Dry them off thoroughly using paper towels or a dish cloth. Quickly sear over high heat on one side until they just begin to brown. Remove from the heat.

Spoon some tabbouleh salad on a plate then top with the scallops. Top with some mint leaves then serve.

Sous vide scallops tabbouleh plated

Nutritional Information for Sous Vide Scallops with Tabbouleh Salad

  • Calories: 231
  • Fat: 12g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg

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