Oscar Winner. New Yorker. Dancer. Psychopath. These are qualities Christopher Walken is best known for—particularly as his latest flick, Seven Psychopaths by In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, hits select theaters today. But Walken is also an excellent cook. In fact, his culinary skills have become renowned enough that what was once seen as a recurring gag—a Christopher Walken cooking show!—could be a bonafide Food Network hit. In an interview with Los Angeles magazine, Walken shared the secrets of one of the signature dishes he’s been known to whip up at his home-away-from-home, the Chateau Marmont.
Here’s his recipe for Scallops a la Walken, guaranteed to drive your dinner guests the best kind of crazy:
A couple of oranges
A splash of lemon juice
Some olive oil
You take a peeler and get a couple of oranges and just take the skin off. Then you put it in a pan with some olive oil and some salt. The oil gets infused, then you take the peels out and you cook the scallops. Scallops cook very quickly, like shrimp. Cook them real hot for a minute, then throw in a little bit of lemon juice and throw a top on, turn the heat off and let it sit for a minute and steam, it’s actually very good.
For more from Christopher Walken, see his LA Story in our November issue on newsstands soon.