My husband and I thought this was a little too sweet. I did double the sauce as others suggested. Next time, I won't double the sugar and I might add some chopped fresh ginger. Overall, this was a keeper. The sauce could be used for most any protein.
Pan-Roasted Scallops With Sesame Sauce
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 246
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated fat: 1g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 3g
- Protein: 34g
- Carbohydrate: 9g
- Fiber: 0.0g
- Cholesterol: 65mg
- Iron: 1mg
- Sodium: 587mg
- Calcium: 53mg
- 16 large sea scallops (about 1 3/4 pounds)
- 1 sliced green onion (white and green sections reserved separately)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1. Remove scallops from the refrigerator, and bring them to room temperature (about 10 minutes). In a small mixing bowl, add the white onion pieces and the next 7 ingredients (through crushed red pepper); stir with a whisk to combine, and set aside.
- 2. Warm the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the scallops; sprinkle scallops with the black pepper. Cook scallops about 3 minutes on 1 side until golden brown. Using tongs, flip the scallops and cook 2-3 more minutes or until browned. Transfer scallops to a plate, and cover with foil. Keep the skillet on the heat.
- 3. Whisk the sauce again, and add it to the pan. Cook until the sauce boils and thickens slightly (about 45 seconds); then remove the pan from heat. Divide scallops among 4 plates, drizzle some of the hot sesame sauce over each portion, and garnish with a sprinkle of green onion pieces.
Look for sesame oil in the ethnic-ingredients section of your supermarket.
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