Scallops Recipe With Orange Sauce

Scallops with Orange Sauce - a sweet citrus sauce served over scallops is a lovely meal that cooks quickly, looks elegant and tastes divine.
Sweet citrus sauce served over scallops and white rice on a plate garnished with a lemon and two lime wheels with a small salad in the background

I know that you come to One Dish Kitchen for single serving recipes and we've got hundreds of recipes on our site. However, I'm sharing a recipe that will serve more than one person. This Scallops With Orange Sauce recipe is a favorite and I make it often.

This scallops recipe will serve more than one person and I'm sharing it because it's extra special and extra delicious. Think of it as a recipe that you can use for those times when friends or family visit and you want to serve a wonderful meal.

Overhead view of scallops and white rice with orange sauce on a plate garnished with a lemon and two lime wheels next to a small salad

Scallops Recipe with Orange Sauce

The scallops cook very quickly so I make the orange sauce first. The perfectly sweetened orange sauce is a mix of orange juice, lemon juice, orange zest, sugar, ground coriander, apple cider vinegar, and butter. After the sauce cooks, I pour it off to the side and quickly pan-sear the scallops.

When cooking the scallops, make sure you dry them first. This will ensure you get a good sear on the outside. Also, be sure to stick close by your pan. Cooking scallops requires a watchful eye as over-cooking can quickly result in tough scallops. You will know your scallops are cooked when the scallops are opaque and the outsides are firm.

After the scallops have cooked, I place them on a plate alongside white rice or quinoa and pour some of the lovely citrus sauce over the top.

A close up of scallops and white rice with orange sauce on a plate

How to Make Orange Sauce

When making the orange sauce, you will notice in the recipe instructions that you heat the sugar in the pan first. The sugar will begin to melt and turn a lovely amber color.  At this point, remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the juices, vinegar, zest and coriander.

The sugar might harden when you introduce the liquids but trust me, it will eventually dissolve when you place the pan back on the stove to reheat. As you reheat the sauce, continue to stir and the sauce will thicken.

If you're looking for a wine to serve with this scallops dish, I would recommend a Sauvignon Blanc.

Scallops With Orange Sauce Recipe

Scallops With Orange Sauce

Scallops with Orange Sauce Recipe - a lovely meal that cooks quickly, looks elegant and tastes divine. | onedishkitchen.com
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Seafood
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 232kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 medium oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Grate 1 tablespoon of orange zest, then juice the oranges and the lemon into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle the sugar in a skillet and cook over medium-high heat until dark amber, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vinegar, citrus juices, zest, and the coriander.
  • Return to medium-heat and boil until thick, stirring, about 5 minutes (If the sugar hardens, it will dissolve as the sauce heats and thickens).
  • Remove pan from the heat and whisk in the butter. Cover the pan and set aside.
  • Season the scallops on one side with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the scallops seasoned-side down and sear until golden, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Flip and cook until golden on the other side 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Serve over cooked rice or quinoa making sure to drizzle the orange sauce over the scallops.
Nutrition Facts
Scallops With Orange Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 863mg38%
Potassium 385mg11%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 14.7mg18%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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32 thoughts on “Scallops Recipe With Orange Sauce”

  1. Chanel Thompson

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this, my family love’s scallops, I’m sure they would love this recipe. Do you think it would go good with other type’s of seafood, maybe shrimps etc…..

    1. Chanel, Although I haven’t tried it with other seafood, I would think it would be great over shrimp or a mild fish such as tilapia or even catfish. I hope you enjoy the sauce, I’d love to hear what you decided to use it with.

  2. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    I absolutely LOVE scallops but have never attempted to make them myself! They look incredible with that orange sauce. I really need to give them a try!

  3. It HAS been dreary down here the past few days! Although I am not quite ready for the summer heat, I would love a little warmer weather. These scallops remind me of that! Nice warm weather, toes in the sand! Great recipe Joanie!

  4. Lauren @ Wicked Spatula

    I adore scallops but I’ve never had them with orange sauce. I need to get on that! These look fabulous!

  5. Mischa {Accidental Farm Wife}

    I’m a big wimp in this weather too…us Texas girls just aren’t used to this. I’m in central Texas and it was snowing yesterday! SNOW! We have been on a big scallop kick recently and these look fabulous! Will be surprising my husband with your delicious version soon!

    1. I saw your beautiful scallops on your blog today, Mischa. I just can’t get enough of them and I think I’ll be trying your recipe soon. I can’t believe this crazy Texas weather. We’ve just been cold and rainy, no snow.

  6. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I commented on another scallops post saying I have never made them before and have this fear Gordon Ramsey will pop out and yell at me for making them wrong 🙂

  7. Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    Joanie – this is a wonderful combination of a quick weeknight dinner and an elegant dish. Scallops cook so easily and quickly – the trick is to have a sauce ready that will complement them, and this looks like a winner. I love the sweetness of the orange and sugar combined with the tart vinegar and flavorful coriander.

  8. Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits

    I love scallops, hands down my favorite seafood of all time! Your sauce looks fantastic, It’s hard to find decent scallops in Mississippi but I might need to look harder so I can make this 🙂

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