Chesapeake Bay Scallops with Banana Curry Sauce

Chesapeake Bay Scallops with Banana Curry Sauce on a Virginia themed plate


  • 1 lb Chesapeake Bay scallops, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooked rice or quinoa (for serving)


  1. Prepare the Scallops:

    • Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
    • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Sear the Scallops:

    • Add the scallops to the hot skillet and sear for 1-2 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Be careful not to overcook; scallops cook quickly.
  3. Prepare the Banana Curry Sauce:

    • In a separate saucepan, combine mashed bananas, coconut milk, curry powder, minced garlic, grated ginger, and lime juice.
    • Cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens and the flavors meld together (approximately 5-7 minutes).
  4. Combine Scallops with Banana Curry Sauce:

    • Pour the banana curry sauce over the seared scallops in the skillet.
    • Gently toss the scallops in the sauce, ensuring they are well coated.
  5. Serve:

    • Spoon the scallops and banana curry sauce over a bed of cooked rice or quinoa.
  6. Garnish:

    • Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro on top for a burst of freshness.
  7. Enjoy:

    • Serve immediately and savor the unique combination of flavors!

This recipe combines the sweetness of bananas with the savory richness of scallops, creating a dish that's both exotic and delicious. Adjust the seasoning and spice levels to suit your taste preferences.


Chesapeake Bay Scallops with Banana Curry Sauce on a Virginia themed plate