1 pound sea scallops
3 Ears of corn (white or yellow)
1 Red onion
1 bunch Thai basil leaves
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus splash
4 tablespoons butter
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Husk the corn, boil for five minutes, and cool. Remove kernels and set aside; throw out cobs.
Cut red onion in half and slice very thin. Saute in 2 tablespoons olive oil until soft and caramelize with salt.
Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne — sauce should have a slight kick. Add the corn kernels and a small bunch of chopped Thai basil leaves and cook at medium high heat until the corn is beginning to brown.
Set aside in a bowl, and stir in the juice of one lime.
Wipe off pan, add a splash of olive oil, and sear a pound of sea scallops (they should be absolutely dry) on each side, till brown, at high heat. Remove from pan.
Return corn mixture to pan, bring to boil, add juice of another lime and a half cup of dry white wine. Simmer at high heat for a couple minutes to reduce a little. Swirl in 4 tablespoons of butter, bit by bit, to make an emulsion, at very low heat, with a spoon or whisk. The butter should thicken the sauce and give it an appealing look and texture. Add more butter if you’d like a richer sauce.
Place the scallops on each plate, beside a pool of the corn sauce. Garnish with a sprig of Thai basil.