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Scallops in Orange-Butter Sauce

Hands-on time 32 mins
Total time 32 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-oz.) package vermicelli
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened and divided
  • 12 large sea scallops (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • Garnish: shredded fresh basil

How to Make It

  1. Cook vermicelli according to package directions; drain, toss with 2 Tbsp. butter, and keep warm.

  2. Rinse scallops, and pat dry with paper towels; sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper.

  3. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter with 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add 6 scallops, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove from skillet, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with 1 Tbsp. butter and remaining 1 1/2 tsp. oil and 6 scallops.

  4. Combine orange juice and wine in a small saucepan; cook over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Remove from heat; stir in orange zest and remaining 1 Tbsp. butter. Divide vermicelli among 4 plates; top with scallops and sauce. Garnish, if desired.

  5. Try These Twists!

  6. Scallops in Clementine-Butter Sauce: Substitute clementine juice and clementine zest for orange juice and orange zest.

  7. Scallops in Grapefruit-Butter Sauce: Omit orange zest. Substitute grapefruit juice for orange juice.

Cook's Notes

For a golden crust, pat scallops dry before searing, and cook in a very hot pan, being careful not to crowd them.