Grilled scallops with Pineau des Charentes sauce - Le Coup de Grâce

Grilled scallops with Pineau des Charentes sauce

Preparation :10 min Cooking :20 min
Difficulty :medium
Servings :4

I LOVE Scallops. Especially with this Pineau des Charentes sauce. Hard to beat when they are grilled to perfection. A nice starter that will impress your guests!

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 1 teaspoon butter + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 big shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup real apple juice
  • 1/4 cup Pineau des Charentes
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 pinch Provences herbs
  • Salt and ground pepper

Ingredients for the scallops

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 12 ultra-fresh jumbo scallops
  • Thyme leaves for decoration
  • Salt and ground pepper


  • In a pan at medium-high heat, melt butter and add shallot. Cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the apple juice, Pinot des Charentes, water, Provences herbs and stir well. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and let reduce until 1/4, for about 4-5 minutes. Stir often.
  • Filter to remove shallots and pour back in pan, always at medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and melt while stirring. Continue reducing for 2-3 minutes or until desired consistency. Keep warm and serve fast or butter might separate from sauce.
  • Place scallops on many sheets of paper towels then pat dry like a boss. Repeat a couple of times to make sure they are well dry.
  • In a big pan at high heat, add olive oil and butter. Melt the butter, stir well and wait about 1-2 minutes until the butter starts smoking and gets a bit darker. Place scallops in pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Serve in place with a dash of sauce on top then garnish with some thyme leaves!
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We love chenin blanc for it's lovely texture, honey and pear notes and it's fresh acidity. At this price, I would buy more than one before they are all gone!


A chardonnay bourguignon, a sure shot for this type of refined meal. A good time for sure...

Tante Tricotante Chardonnay, Microbrasserie du Lac-St-Jean

You will like this Belgian beer matured in a chardonnay oak barrel for the notes of citrus fruits, peach, vanilla and white wine. It’s a very dry beer that won’t distort the delicacy of the scallop but still make a burst of flavor with the Pineau des Charentes wine in the sauce.

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