Jalapeno Orange Scallops

Fish on fire, wait was that a teeny bopper book reference?

By Katherine

Greg needed a nice meal Saturday, just one of those days, so I splurged a bit at the grocery store and farmers market. We posted the menu on Facebook, so those of you who follow us there won’t be surprised by some of this week’s offerings. I planned the meal and did most of the prep work, then let him do a lot of the execution. (Translation, when he came home, my feet went up.)

The sauce is thin and would be perfect over a bed of arugula or spinach. Green jalapenos will do, but to get that nice fiery color, you’ll need to use red peppers.

Jalapeno Orange Scallops

For Sauce

  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 small red chiles (fresh not dried)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small red jalapeno unseeded (or one large one with pith and seeds removed)
  • zest from one lime
  • juice from half an orange
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste

For Scallops

  • juice from one lime
  • juice from half an orange
  • 4-6 large sea scallops
  • salt/pepper to taste

Let scallops marinate in a bowl in the refrigerator with the juices and salt and pepper for at least 30 minutes. In a blender or food processor, puree ingredients for sauce. Place a strainer over a large bowl and push mix through sieve. Discard chunky bits and set sauce aside after tasting and adjusting seasoning as needed. When scallops have marinated for a sufficient amount of time cook them over a hot grill or in a skillet over medium heat until browned on both sides, about 3-4 minutes depending on the size of the scallops. Remove from heat and divide between two plates. Drizzle the sauce around the scallops, dividing evenly between the plates.

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26 Responses to Jalapeno Orange Scallops

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    I love scallops and would have eaten my portion and any other in sight with the combination of flavours these had . πŸ™‚

  2. Kristy says:

    Woo! These look hot and spicy. I love the color of the sauce! Looks like you planned a fabulous dinner Katherine. πŸ™‚

  3. I bet that just made Greg’s day! What a bright dish.. it would make anyone smile to be served these! xx

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    That makes for one pretty dish, Katherine. My grilling expertise does not stretch — or even come near — the level needed to grill scallops. Greg should write a book.

  5. Great idea and it looks amazing:)

  6. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow that scallops is teasing me, I wanna grab it of my monitor.

  7. Very nice.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  8. machisan says:

    OMG.. could I order a whole bag for myself please? Yum!!!

  9. Geni says:

    These are spectacular! Honestly, is one of the most striking dishes I’ve ever seen! I wouldn’t be shocked if these “go viral” on Pinterest. Going to repin now…

  10. Geni says:

    These are spectacular! Honestly, one of the most striking dishes I’ve ever seen. Great teamwork guys! Going to repin…bet this one is going “viral”.

  11. Mad Dog says:

    I bet that looks fantastic when you bring it to the table – beautiful colours πŸ˜‰

  12. egg me on says:

    Oh wow — this dish has so many great flavors. Spicy. Citrusy. Scallopy. I love it.

  13. Eva Taylor says:

    I bet the sweetness of the scallops just compliment that lovely light sauce beautifully. I love the earthiness of arugula and I can see how well it would pair with it. A nice Pinot Grigio and we’re off to the races!

  14. The color looks wonderful! Nice treat for the weekend.

  15. Karen says:

    Love scallops and these sound nice a spicy.

  16. Jalapeno? On scallops? Daring, my friend, daring…

  17. Mmmm…I love scallops! I bet the jalapeno orange sauce tasted incredible! πŸ™‚

  18. Great sounding/looking sauce…perfect for scallops.

  19. Erin says:

    The thing I love about scallops is that they taste so decadent. I always feel like I am being naughty when eating them but they are actually so very nutritious. I will be trying this recipe for sure!

    Erin – ekcantcook.blogspot.com

  20. Purely.. Kay says:

    Everytime I come here… I get hungry. Don’t even ask me if I’m making these… because you already know I am πŸ™‚

  21. spree says:

    Scallops love ALL those things! Brilliant!

  22. Carolyn Chan says:

    Katherine, I like your cooking style !

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