Monday, 7 March 2011

Jamie's 30 Minute Meals: Sticky Pan Fried Scallops, Sweet Chilli Rice, Dressed Greens

I got Jamie's 30 Minute Meals out the library to have a look at the recipes before buying the book and this was the only one I wanted to make! I didn't bother buying the book but copied the recipe and tried it one evening. First things first, it took longer than 30 mins, but I think that has been covered by most national newspapers here! None of the recipes actually take 30 mins. The scallops however, were really tasty and worth doing. The rice was just weird, I think I'd just make normal egg fried rice rather than this steaming stuff, which just made my rice really mushy. Having said that, the sweet chilli on top was a nice addition. The greens were just steamed greens with citrus squeezed over, nothing that I wouldn't normally do. So no it didn't take 30 mins but it was actually quite a tasty meal.

Sticky Pan Fried Scallops, Sweet Chilli Rice, Dressed Greens (adapted from Jamie's 30 minute meals)
(Serves 4)


One large mug basmati rice
small bunch of spring onions
3 eggs
1 tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp sesame oil
1/2 lemon
small bunch fresh coriander
sweet chilli sauce
Cook the rice according to packet instructions.

Trim and finely slice the spring onions and put into a bowl. Crack in the eggs and add the soy sauce and sesame oil then whisk.

Drain the rice, leaving a bit of the water in the pan. Pour the egg mixture all over the rice, squeeze in the lemon juice and add a pinch of pepper. Put the lid on the pan and turn down to the lowest heat for 3-4 mins.


400g scallops
1 lemon
Chinese five spice powder
sesame oil
1 clove garlic
runny honey
2 small knobs butter
small bunch of coriander

Put the scallops in a bowl, drizzle over some oil, season with salt and pepper, finely grate over some lemon zest and dust with five spice powder. Drizzle with the sesame oil and toss together to coat in the flavours.

Heat a large frying pan on the highest heat. Put some oil in a pan and add the scallops. Don't turn the scallops until they've had 2-3 mins or are golden underneath. Quickly turn them over and cook for 30 secs then crush over the garlic clove. Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lemon and add a drizzle of honey and 2 small knobs of butter. Take off the heat and when melted and sticky put on a plate and sprinkle over the leaves from a small bunch of coriander.


4 pak choi, halved
200g purple sprouting broccoli
200g asparagus
1/2 lime

Steam the vegetables for about 3-4 mins then take off the heat. Once tender tip on to a plate and drizzle with soy sauce and olive oil. Squeeze over the juice of half a lime.


  1. All I can say is you are dam hard to ple3ase .Flipper

  2. Have given the rice a try too and the whole family enjoyed, was very good with oriental bean burgers. See my blog for recipe: family I will be checking out some more of yours too, thanks.

  3. I have a Jamie Oliver's 30 minute cookbook and have cooked a *lot* of the dishes, and they have all turned out brilliantly, without exception; perhaps they have taken longer than 30 minutes to prepare, but who cares? Seriously!