Photo credit: Steve Lagato

Photo credit: Steve Lagato

A quick sauce makes this dish made perfect for an easy dinner after you’ve been traveling. The ingredients are simple and ones you probably already have on hand — just a quick stop at the fish store is needed. The tangy citrus cuts the sweetness of the seafood and turns this into a pretty spectacular meal.

Sesame-Orange Scallops Recipe
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 20 large sea scallops (substitute large shrimp, peeled and cleaned)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons peeled, minced ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a small dry pan, spread the sesame seeds in a single layer and cook over medium heat for about 1 minute, or until they turn golden brown and are fragrant.
  2. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk the cornstarch into the orange juice until smooth.
  4. Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan over high heat until smoking.
  6. Sear the scallops for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Don’t move them around too much, giving the scallops a chance to caramelize. (If cooking shrimp, let them cook until they turn pink.)
  7. Transfer the scallops to a serving platter and set aside.
  8. Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium.
  9. Add the ginger and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds. Pour the orange juice mixture and orange zest, if using, into the pan and add the soy sauce and red pepper flakes.
  10. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 3 to 4minutes or until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced.
  11. Gently stir the cilantro and reserved sesame seeds into the sauce and when nicely mixed, pour over the scallops or shrimp.
  12. Season with salt and pepper and serve right away.