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Pan-Seared Scallops with Orange Tarragon Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Pan Seared Scallops are an elegant dish but also a very quick and easy one. Try this recipe with a quick pan Orange Tarragon Sauce. Perfect for a dinner party. Can be served as the main entrée or even a starter course. Click on the link to watch the video on making this dish.

Course: Entrées, Appetizers/Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Seafood, Holiday Meals, Orange, Entertaining Recipes, Seafood Sauce, scallops, tarragon
Servings: 2
Calories: 366 kcal
  • 1 pound sea scallops (about 10), muscle removed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  1. Heat a large 10- to 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the olive oil and butter to the pan and sear the scallops for 2 minutes per side, being careful not to over-cook. Remove the scallops to a plate and set aside. Drain the oil from the pan.
  3. Add the vermouth and orange juice to the pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half and is somewhat syrupy – about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the orange zest, and tarragon and swirl around to combine.
  4. Return the scallops to the pan and heat through gently while coating with the sauce – about 1 minute. Season again with freshly ground black pepper and more orange zest if desired.
Recipe Notes

Many scallops have a muscle still attached to them when sold from the market. This muscle becomes tough when cooked and is unpleasant to eat. Simply remove the muscle before cooking by pulling it away from the scallop body and discard.

Nutrition Facts
Pan-Seared Scallops with Orange Tarragon Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 944mg39%
Potassium 800mg23%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 595IU12%
Vitamin C 35.9mg44%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.