Scallops in Orange-Butter Sauce



Makes 4 servings
Total time: 32 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 32 Minutes
Total: 32 Minutes


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


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.

Try These Twists!

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

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


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