Thursday, March 24, 2011

魚香鮮貝/Scallop and Water Chestnut Stir-fried in Spicy Sauce

This is my new favourite seafood dish.  It's simple and easy to make.  I already posted this recipe a month and half ago when I just started blogging.  Now I am editing and reposting this recipe again because I just made it for dinner tonight and it was unbelievably delicious!  This time I added some water chestnuts adding a nice texture to the dish.  I also changed the cooking style so that the scallops taste even more fresh and juicy.  The baby spinach I used for decoration but we ended up finishing all of it along with the sauce.  The spinach tastes so delicious with the sauce, it's like another unique salad.  My husband said that I should use more spinach next time.  This dish takes about 20 minutes to make.


  •          2 tbsp olive oil
  •          10 oz scallops
  •          2 tbsp ground garlic
  •         8 water chestnuts 
  •          1 tbsp ground ginger
  •          1 tbsp red chili pepper
  •          Half cup green onion

For the cooking sauce:

  •           1 tbsp chili sauce
  •           1 tsp sugar
  •           1 tsp cooking wine
  •           1 tbsp vinegar
  •           1 tbsp sesame oil
  •           1 tbsp corn starch water

To marinate the scallops:

  •           1 egg white
  •           1 tbsp starch
  •           ½ tbsp salt


  1. Marinate the scallops for 10 minutes before cooking.  Mix all the cooking sauce ingredients.  Make sure it’s evenly mixed.
  2. Peel the skin off the water chestnuts, and then chop or grind them.
  3. In a medium non-stick saucepan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add marinated scallops to cook, make sure to cook both sides until they are almost ready - about 6 minutes.  Transfer scallops to a plate. 
  4. Wash the pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add ground garlic, ginger, water chestnuts and half cup green onion to cook.  About half minute, add the scallops and cooking sauce.  Mix everything evenly. Keep stirring for about about 3 minutes.  Transfer the scallops to the serving plate, garnish with chopped green onion on top and then you are done!


  1. WOW! This looks absolutely delicious! We LOVE Chinese food! And we are so happy to find authentic Chinese home cooking here. We promise we will come back often :) So happy we found you!

  2. Thank you so much! I love your baby food recipes and your cooking blog too!

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog thanks for sharing