Kate’s Saffron Sauce [No Reservations]


In one of my favourite movies, No Reservations, Kate is the head chef at a trendy restaurant when life intervenes.  She inherits her niece after a tragic car wreck that kills her sister,  and if that isn’t enough, she gets a new sous chef, a puppy-eyed bachelor, when her friend has a baby.  One of the most important dishes to the movie plot is seared scallops with Kate’s secret saffron sauce.  Of which, I have found and tested.

Kate’s secret Saffron Sauce (for 2)Whisking Saffron Sauce

  • 1/4 cup white wine or cooking sake
  • 2 minced Kaffir Lime Leaves (Kate’s secret ingredient)
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 1/2 pinch of Saffron
  • 1 1/4 tbsp heavy cream (not whipping cream)
  • 3/4 stick of butter
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper

Kaffir Lime Leaves

Put the first 3 ingredients in a sauce pan, reduce by half. Add cream and saffron. Add butter, 1 tbsp at a time until each is melted, whisking constantly.  Do Not Boil!  Remove from heat, squeeze in the lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.

The Scallops

  • 8-12 large scallops (depending on size)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 tspn thyme
  • 1/4 tspn oregano
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper
  • olive oil

Searing the Scallops

Mix flour, salt, thyme, oregano, lemon pepper in small bowl. Coat Scallops. Place scallops in med-high skillet coated with olive oil.  Sear each edge of scallops until golden (2-3 minutes per side).  Plate 1/2 scallops on two plates, drizzle liberally with Saffron Sauce.


Note:  I found the Lime leaves at the local Thai Market.


Seared Scallops and Kate's Saffron Sauce


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