The key to getting a good brown crust is to pat the scallops dry before cooking, sear them in a very hot cast-iron skillet, and, while they cook, only move them to turn them over. Serve over rice noodles.
2 teaspoons roasted sesame oil, divided
4 (1-inch) diagonally cut green onions
1 teaspoon peanut oil
1 1/2 pounds medium sea scallops
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon water
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
How to Make It
Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a large cast-iron or heavy skillet over high heat. Add onions; sauté 1 minute or until wilted. Remove from pan; set aside.
Add remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil and peanut oil to pan. Pat scallops dry with paper towels; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add scallops to pan; cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn scallops; reduce heat to medium, and cook 1 minute or until scallops are done. Remove scallops from pan; keep warm.
Add orange juice, mirin, lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger, red pepper, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Combine 1 teaspoon water and cornstarch; stir into sauce. Cook 30 seconds or until sauce begins to thicken. Add scallops to pan; toss to coat. Top with onions.
I followed the recipe but did not like the result. Perhaps the sauce would work for shrimp or fish, but I just did not like it with the scallops. I enjoy the sweetness of a good scallop, and this sauce was not a good accompaniment. I will not make this again.
Absolutely delicious! Followed reviewer's (cjmelt76) recommendation and made it with the Warm Asian Noodle Salad -great combination! I would make again, especially for company, but I would double the recipe to serve with the salad.
My suggestion: use rice instead of noodles to better soak up the sauce. The key--as always with scallops--is to get them nice and browned on both sides without overcooking. This recipe would also be good as an appetizer, in addition to being used as a main course.