I made a few changes (rather than go shopping in a blizzard): 2 tsp sugar plus 1/4 C dry sherry in place of the mirin; dried lemon peel rather than fresh skipped the orange peel used packaged instead of fresh juices. I made 1/2 the scallops but the full amount of sauce because I was serving over rice. Pretty good, and I'm keeping the recipe to do again. Easy and quick.
Sesame Scallops with Citrus Sauce
Patting the scallops dry ensures they develop a nice crust as they sear in the pan. It's important not to move them around in the pan other than to turn them over.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces scallops, 1 tablespoon sauce, and 3/4 teaspoon sesame seeds)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 202
- Calories from fat: 27%
- Fat: 6g
- Saturated fat: 0.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
- Protein: 19.8g
- Carbohydrate: 11.5g
- Fiber: 0.4g
- Cholesterol: 37mg
- Iron: 0.8mg
- Sodium: 462mg
- Calcium: 54mg
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 pound large sea scallops
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/3 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
- 1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- Combine cornstarch and 1 teaspoon water; set aside.
- Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle scallops evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
- Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until done. Transfer scallops to a platter. Add garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Add remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, mirin, and next 6 ingredients (through sesame oil). Stir in cornstarch mixture; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until sauce thickens, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over scallops; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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