Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

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  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    15 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Place jalapeno, rice vinegar, olive oil, and Dijon mustard in a blender. Puree on high until mixture is completely liquefied, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Season scallops with sea salt and cayenne pepper. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat. Place scallops in skillet and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Garnish scallops with orange segments and drizzle jalapeno vinaigrette over the top.

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Baking Nana

Baking Nana

This is a keeper! One of the best recipes I have made in a long, long time. Perfect as is - no changes are needed at all. Make sure your scallops are really dry - season them well and into a screaming hot pan. Don't move them until you flip them. You want to get them good and crispy on the outside. So delicious! Try them - you won't regret making this recipe! Enjoy!



This is a great recipe....but i experimented with the vinegar. I did one sauce with the rice vinegar per rec. I did another sauce with Trader Joe's Orange muscat champagne vinegar. The Orange muscat vinegar won hands down. Thanks for sharing!



Great recipe Chef John!!! I added 1 clove of garlic, red onion about a tsp., a shake of dried basil, black pepper and a tsp. of agave sweetener. The direction for cooking them was perfect. I used unsalted butter and olive oil in the pan. This vinaigrette would also be good on a salad. This is why I love Allrecipes, you get so many wonderful ideas.

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 307 cal
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs
  • 5.9 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 30.1 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 530 mg
  • 21%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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