Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Seared Scallops with Orange-Soy Glaze


Oh boy these were tasty! I've never had scallops like these before, and I've made my fair share - Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Chili Butter, Seared Scallops over Spinach & Parmesan Risotto, Scallops Charleston, and Scallops and Pasta with Garlic White Wine Sauce to name a few.

These, however, tasted so fresh and light. The orange and soy gave it such a unique, delicious punch of flavor. Not to mention, so few ingredients made this come together in a snap. Love that - especially after an afternoon of meetings and a tough workout.

If you're new to scallops this is a great easy recipe. Plus, if you serve it with Teriyaki-Roasted Green Beans, you're in for a real treat (and a super easy meal). Happy cooking!

Also, these are not my best, photo-wise. I only had my phone, and with the constant whisking for the last 3 minutes, I was too busy to take pics. Feel free to comment or email me if you'd like additional photos. I will be happy to remake and photograph.

Seared Scallops with Orange-Soy Glaze
Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit, via Epicurious
Serves 2-3, depending on portions

Ingredients:
*1 tablespoon sesame oil
*1 pound sea scallops, patted dry with paper towles
*salt and pepper to taste
*2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
*1/2 freshly squeeze orange juice (about 1 orange)
*1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
*1/2 tsp (packed) grated orange peel
*butter or olive oil for cooking scallops
*Optional: green onion, sliced finely (for garnish)

Preparation:
*Heat butter or oil in large skillet over high heat. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. 

*Working in batches, add scallops to skillet in single layer; sautĂ© until brown on outside and just opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. 

*Transfer scallops to plate, leaving drippings in pan.

*Add garlic and remaining oil to drippings in skillet; stir (I used a whisk) 30 seconds. Add orange juice, soy sauce, and orange peel. Boil until sauce thickens to syrup, stirring frequently, about 2-3 minutes.

*Use a spoon to create a small blot on the plate, and place scallop on it. Spoon extra sauce on top. Sprinkle with green onion slices (optional).

Fresh squeeze OJ and zest
Sizzling scallops
Eat your heart out. YUM.


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