Diver Sea Scallops wrapped in Dover Sole, Saffron shallot cream sauce

Diver Sea Scallops wrapped in Dover Sole, Saffron shallot cream sauce
Diver Sea Scallops wrapped in Dover Sole, Saffron shallot cream sauce
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Dover sole fillets are layered with nori seaweed and scallops then rolled and sliced into two-inch thick pieces and fried in the pan in this sumptuous appetizer. The fried fish rolls are served on a bed of poached romaine hearts and seasoned with a lavish saffron shallot cream sauce. This also makes a light and satisfying meal for special occasions best paired with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Dover sole is a type of flatfish that is long with a small head and a body that is shaped like a slipper. It has light brown skin speckled skin and a creamy underside with a coarse texture similar to cat’s tongue. When cooked, the meat of Dover sole is meaty and firm but delicate and quite flavorful. The skin of the fish separates easily from the flesh and the meat falls easily from the bone.

In this recipe, the Dover sole is filleted and rolled together with nori and scallops with the help of a Saran wrap. Inspired by Japanese cooking techniques, this is similar to a maki roll but without the rice.

For the best flavor and texture, use diver scallops for making this recipe, although you can still make this dish with regular scallops as long as they are fresh. A diver scallops is a sea scallop a scuba diver picked off a rock by hand. They are less gritty than scallops harvested off a boat since chain nets that touch the ocean bed drag along these scallops and get sand in the process. Diver scallops are ecologically sustainable and tend to be fresher although they are more expensive. The divers select mature scallops from places where there are strong water currents, so the scallops tend to be plump, firm, and have a nice color. Diver scallops are commonly available from November to April.


10-15 min

20 min


  • 1 pc romaine heart

  • 1 filet Dover Sole, 4-5 oz.

  • 1 sheet Nori

  • 1 Sprig of Thyme

  • 4 Diver sea scallops

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 cups fish stock

  • 1 tsp butter

  • Saffron shallot cream sauce

  • 1 tsp canola oil

  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallots

  • 3 pink peppercorns, crushed

  • 1/2 oz. White wine

  • 1 cup fish stock

  • 1/2 tsp saffron

  • 1/4 cup 35 % cream

Preparation Instructions


1Wash and rinse the romaine hearts. Pat dry. Lay out a 6 inch piece of Saran wrap. Place the Dover sole filet flat on the saran wrap, season with salt and pepper. Lay the nori sheet on top of the fish filet.


Arrange the scallops down the middle of the Sole filet. 2Gently roll the filet over the scallops and tie the ends of the saran wrap. Wrap with aluminium foil and tighten the roll by twisting the foil at the ends in opposite directions. Slice through the foil and fish cylinder into 2 inch thick rolls. 3In a frying pan heat up the olive oil and add a tsp of butter.


Remove the foil and saran wrap from the outer edge of the fish roll and place face side down in the hot pan. Sear for one minute and flip. Place in the oven for seven minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 4While the fish is cooking, in a separate frying pan heat up the fish stock and poach the romaine heart in it for the duration of the fish cooking time. 5To make the saffron shallot cream sauce, heat up the canola oil in a small sauce pan.


Add the shallots and sweat them until translucent. Add the peppercorns and deglaze with the white wine. Add the fish stock and the saffron. Reduce by two thirds. Add the cream and reduce by two thirds.


The sauce should be thick so it does not run on the plate. 6Remove the romaine heart from the poaching liquid and place in the centre of the plate. Arrange the sole rolls on top of the poached romaine heart. Add some deep-fried celery root as garnish. Drizzle sauce on plate with artistic flare.

Restaurant Name

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Restaurant Address
Canada, Ottawa, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ONK1P 5R7
Restaurant Phone

613 783 4229

Chef Name

Steven Gugelmeier

Reviews (1)
This is rather a very meticulous dish that needs total care when cooking. And all the wrapping stuff is something new for me. I haven’t prepared this one before and when I did, I’m not the only one who fell in love with it! It is a hit to my family! They helped me out last weekend and they enjoy arranging the food on the plate. It surprises me that my nieces can make a very creative presentation. It really looked delicious and we all enjoyed it! It became a bonding time that will surely happen again! Really worth a 5 rate for me!
, February 28, 2012