Seared Scallops with Orange-Ginger Sauce

Scallops-with-Orange-Ginger-Sauce.jpgIf New Year’s Eve is a night when you want to cook something lovely, flavorful, but light, try Seared Scallops with Orange-Ginger Sauce. We had them as an appetizer. But over a bed of rice with baby greens for a salad,… LOVELY.

prepping scallopsThe orange-ginger sauce might sound a little ???, but I am here to report, we could NOT slow down scarfing these at a Gourmet Club dinner recently. If I wasn’t wearing fancy clothes, I would have licked the serving platter. It is a simple, simple recipe.

Seared Scallops with Orange-Ginger Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons chicken broth, low-salt
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 8 large sea scallops (about 3/4 lb.)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

Combine chicken broth, orange juice concentrate and ginger in a small bowl.

Set scallops on a plate and drizzle with olive oil to coat. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat (use an exhaust fan).

Add scallops to the hot pan and cook over high heat until they develop an even, rich brown crust, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Remove from the heat and transfer scallops to a plate.

Return empty skillet to the heat and add orange juice mixture; boil until liquid reduces by about half.  Whisk in butter and add scallops, turning to coat. Plate 2 scallops per serving as an appetizer or serve 4 scallops as a main course for two.

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1 Worth The Whisk January 11, 2012 at 5:08 am

Thanks, Vijitha! You had better hurry to register for Camp Blogaway, it is already 60% sold out on the first day registration opened.

2 Vijitha January 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

A very happy new year to you. Sorry I clicked the submit too quickly.

3 Vijitha January 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Hello Patti
This is Vijitha, this is my first time here. I came to your blog from the camp blog away site. I read through some of your posts and they were really informative for bloggers like me. Thanks for sharing them. I am planning to be at the conference this May, just have to work the logistics with my husband as I have a toddler to takecare of. If I make it, I am looking forward meeting you there.

4 Bonnie Banters January 3, 2012 at 5:56 am

I love most anything orange flavored…with ginger, the dish becomes exciting! What a great way to prepare scallops…thanks! Hope you and yours have a delectable New Year

5 sippitysup December 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Lovely indeed.Happy New Year. XOGREG

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