Seared Scallops with Orange-Basil Sauce

Seared Scallops with Orange-Basil Sauce

13 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    20 m
  • Ready In

    30 m
Recipe by  Pam Anderson

“An elegant and excellent main dish when paired with fresh pasta.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Mix orange juice, mustard and basil in a glass measuring cup. Coat the scallops with oil and season both sides with salt and pepper. When pan is hot (if using a nonstick skillet, residual oils will send up wisps of smoke), add scallops; cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Divide scallops among 4 dinner plates.
  2. Add orange juice mixture to the hot skillet; simmer until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in butter, pour over scallops and serve.

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A. Parker

A. Parker

This recipe was delicious, though I made a few modifications. First I cooked the scallops in the olive oil and s&p as directed, but I added a little garlic powder to it to give them some zing. Then instead of pulling the scallops out of the pan before adding the sauce...I kept them in the pan and poured the OJ/Dried Basil/Dijon Mustard mix right in there with the scallops so they would absorb the flavor. Then I added a couple of teaspoons of sugar to the sauce to eliminate some of the acidity and tanginess, and I also added a tablespoon of flour as it was cooking so that it would thicken a bit. I served it over whole wheat linguini and sprinked with fresh grated parmesan. It was absolutely delicious. I'm going to add this one to my "recipe's to make often" collection.



This turned out really good. One of my fav dishes at a local cafe is orange seared scallops, this was better! I used double the orange juice (wanted a good amount of sauce for pasta) and put the scallops in with the sauce maybe 5 minutes. This was great over angel hair pasta with lots of fresh grated parmesan to up the creaminess. A new favorite dish, will be great for company!

DJ Silv

DJ Silv

We enjoyed this a lot, but will try it again with fresh basil. Basil is one of those spices that has much more flavor when the fresh herb is used.

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 353 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 14.2 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs
  • 12.8 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 43.2 g
  • 86%
  • Cholesterol
  • 118 mg
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 660 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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