Licorice and citrus notes highlight the sweetness of the scallops.
2 large red grapefruit
3 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1 medium)
3/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Over a bowl, peel and section grapefruit to measure 1 1/2 cups sections; squeeze membranes to extract 1/2 cup juice. Set juice aside. Combine grapefruit sections, fennel, and parsley in a medium bowl. Add 2 teaspoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt; toss gently to combine. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Add scallops to pan; cook for 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove scallops from pan; keep warm. Add reserved 1/2 cup juice to pan; cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat. Place 1 cup fennel mixture on each of 4 plates. Divide scallops evenly among plates; top each serving with 1 tablespoon reduced juice.
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I really liked the mix of flavors for this dish. The tartness of the grapefruit is balanced by the other ingredients. My husband did not like it as much, but that's b/c he doesn't really like grapefruit. It's a pretty easy dish and great for a week night. I am not sure I would make it for guests unless I was sure they all liked that tart flavoring. One mistake I made was to thaw the scallops in a bowl of water, which made them very watery and impossible to sear well in the pan. Rookie mistake, so I figured I'd share in case anyone else does the same thing.
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