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Stir Fried Chili Bean Scallops


Tender scallops and delicate baby bok choy are stir-fried together with ginger, garlic and a chili bean sauce.
  • Serves: 2
  • Active Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
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Step 1: Preparing the Scallops

Preparing the Scallops
  • 8 oz medium fresh scallops


To prepare the scallops, remove the muscle from the side and discard. Place the scallops onto paper towels and pat dry very well. Cut the scallops horizontally in half into approximately 1/2" -inch thick pieces. Place the pieces onto paper towels and pat dry again. Keep the scallops on the paper towels and set aside.

Step 2: Preparing Your Mise en Place

Preparing Your Mise en Place
  • 2 tsp ginger (about 3/4" -inch piece)
  • 1 1/4 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 5 to 6 small baby bok choy (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 red pepper (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup green onions


Finely mince the ginger and garlic. Wash and spin dry the bok choy. Trim off the ends and slice in half lengthwise. Remove the core and seeds from the red pepper and cut into 1/2" -inch wide strips. Thinly slice the onions. Set everything aside.

Step 3: Preparing the Sauce

Preparing the Sauce
  • 4 tsp chicken stock
  • 2 tsp chili bean sauce
  • 1 1/4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cornstarch


To prepare the sauce, mix the ingredients together until the cornstarch completely dissolves. Set aside.

Step 4: Stir-Frying the Dish

Stir-Frying the Dish
  • 1 to 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp kosher salt (to taste)


To stir-fry the dish, line the ingredients up in the proper cooking order. Heat a wok over high heat. Once hot, cook the stir-fry according to the basic steps in the lesson. Keep in mind that vegetables should be added in the correct order so that they are all done at the same time.

Stir-fry the scallops for approximately 1 minute without touching them. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and turn over. Cook until opaque but not cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

Stir-fry the ginger and garlic — bok choy — peppers — add salt. Once the bok choy is nice and green, return the scallops to the wok, along with any juices. Add the sauce. Cook for approximately 1 minute. Add the green onions and toss to combine. Feel free to add a touch more oil during the stir-frying process, if needed. Serve immediately.


  • Rebecca B
    Rebecca B
    I made this as a weeknight dish. I was concerned that I might not get a good sear on the scallops, but I was wrong. It was interesting to try making scallops in a wok. They cooked really fast in the peanut oil. I actually used a timer to make sure that I did not overcook the scallops. The color of this dish made it feel very special. The spice level in the sauce was perfect. Thank you
  • Mimi D
    Mimi D
    Since I'm allergic to peanuts I didn't use the peanut oil and just used a high heat oil in replacement. It was delicious!
  • Tom K
    Tom K
    it is very nice there is mix vegetable also looks yummy

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