Orange Caramel Scallops

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  • Orange Caramel Scallops are one of those recipes that seems challenging and sophisticated, but in reality is pretty simple and certainly “restaurant worthy.” Make this dish for a dinner party or special occasion!

    Orange Caramel Scallops are an easy recipe that brings the feel of the restaurant right to your home! Scallops covered in a sticky, sweet orange caramel sauce! #scallopsrecipe #seascallopsversusbayscallops www.savoryexperiments.com

    Orange Caramel Scallops are an easy and sophisticated recipe that brings the feel of the restaurant right to your home. This Orange Caramel Scallops recipe uses scallops smothered in a sticky, sweet orange caramel sauce!

    Fall brings a new palette of smells and tastes, one of which is orange. I saw a recipe for orange glazed scallops and then had a dish of salmon over goat cheese orzo at a restaurant and thought- man these would taste darn good together!

    It needed some more color and a vegetable hence the asparagus, and viola, there was dinner. A robust burst of orange flavor rounded out with tart goat cheese and tender scallops.

    Orange Caramel Scallops are an easy recipe using scallops in an orange caramel sauce served over Orzo Salad with goat cheese and asparagus.

    I especially like the orange caramel sauce and technique used to make it. Literally making caramel and then infusing it with citrus and soy makes a sticky, sweet accompaniment to this dish and would compliment almost any other fish as well.

    If scallops aren’t a favorite then salmon, tilapia, shrimp or halibut would be excellent substitutions. I used my Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese and Asparagus, but you can use egg noodles or plain white rice.

    Orzo Salad is a quick side dish recipe that uses quick cooking pasta with creamy goat cheese and roasted asparagus spears.

    When buying scallops look for large “dry packed” scallops. This means they haven’t been submerged in water. Have you ever bought giant scallops, taken them home to cook them and then they shrink down to the size of a quarter?

    It is because they were bloated with water while packing and now that it burned off you are left with the actual scallop and frustration that you just paid $X per pound for water. Dry packed scallops are all scallop, little water and will stay plump while cooking.

    While cooking scallops is super fast, it can also be the most difficult. The key is to have fresh, never frozen, scallops that have been washed, patted dry and then left in the fridge to dry further. Any excess water will release during cooking inhibiting a nice sear.

    Orange Caramel Scallops are an easy recipe that brings the feel of the restaurant right to your home! Scallops covered in a sticky, sweet orange caramel sauce! #scallopsrecipe #seascallopsversusbayscallops www.savoryexperiments.com

    They are also easy to overcook, which is why the home cook usually says “mine never taste like the restaurant.” They are generally overcooked. If your pan is to the smoke point, it will literally take less than 4 minutes to perfectly brown your scallops.

    If you’re wondering the difference of sea scallops versus bay scallops, then sea scallops are typically a lot bigger in size and have a more chewy texture but still sweet. Bay scallops are a lot smaller and have a tender, sweet texture. They’re both good for different recipes.

    If you enjoyed this scallops pasta recipe, be sure to check out these other easy seafood recipes:

    Tools for making Orange Caramel Scallops:

    Heavy Bottom Saucepan – A workhorse of your kitchen, make sure you have a good, heavy bottom sauce pan. Don’t skimp on this one!

    Heavy Bottom Frying Pan – You’ll need this to evenly distribute the heat and not burn your scallops. Cast iron also works.

    Tongs – have at least 3 pairs of these at varying lengths around the kitchen!

    Orange Caramel Scallops are an easy recipe that brings the feel of the restaurant right to your home! Scallops covered in a sticky, sweet orange caramel sauce! #scallopsrecipe #seascallopsversusbayscallops www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Orange Caramel Scallops are an easy recipe that brings the feel of the restaurant right to your home! Scallops covered in a sticky, sweet orange caramel sauce! #scallopsrecipe #seascallopsversusbayscallops www.savoryexperiments.com
    Orange Caramel Scallops
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     
    Orange Caramel Scallops are an easy recipe using scallops in an orange caramel sauce served over Orzo Salad with goat cheese and asparagus.
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: scallops recipe
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 314 kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    Ingredients
    Orange Caramel Sauce:
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 2 tablespoons cream
    • 1/2 cup orange juice pulp free
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
    Scallops:
    Instructions
    1. In a medium saucepan combine butter, sugar and water over medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Continue to cook, but do not stir. Instead gently swirl the pan (just like making caramel). Heat for 3-4 minutes or until mixture comes to an even rapid boil and a deep amber color. Remove from heat.
    2. Whisk in cream, mixing fully before adding orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Set aside or over VERY low heat while you cook the scallops and finish the orzo salad.
    3. Heat remaining butter tablespoon in a large skillet or cast iron pan over high heat. In order to get the sear you are looking for the pan must be SMOKING and butter close to burning. Using tongs, add scallops and season with fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Do not move. Cook on one side for 90 seconds and then turn using scallops. If they are moved around you will not achieve a nice brown sear. Cook for an additional 90 seconds. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
    4. Spoon orzo salad with goat cheese and asparagus into serving dishes, top with 4-5 scallops each, a ladle of orange caramel sauce and finally garnish with scallions.
    5. If you've tried this recipe and enjoyed it, come back and let us know! 

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    Nutrition Facts
    Orange Caramel Scallops
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 314 Calories from Fat 126
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 14g 22%
    Saturated Fat 9g 45%
    Cholesterol 76mg 25%
    Sodium 944mg 39%
    Potassium 403mg 12%
    Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
    Sugars 19g
    Protein 19g 38%
    Vitamin A 12.2%
    Vitamin C 21.7%
    Calcium 2.4%
    Iron 4.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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