Chinese Five Spice Scallops With Mandarin Orange Salad

If you were to ask me what are the dishes that I prepare most often, Chinese Five Spice Scallops With Mandarin Orange Salad would be one of the top contenders in my cooking repertoire. You may be wondering why such a simple meal would be one of my favorites. The answer is…it has everything going for it. The sweet, soft and succulent scallops have a caramelized coating of highly aromatic spices. Served alongside an Asian inspired, cool and refreshing salad, this dish is full of flavor, color and texture. What is especially nice is that it is quick and easy to prepare. It is perfect for a weeknight meal and a small version makes a nice appetizer to serve your dinner guests.

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Chinese Five Spice Scallops With Mandarin Orange Salad

Since this meal comes together in a matter of minutes, it is best to have all your ingredients at hand. The salad dressing can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator. The crunchy topping can also be made ahead of time and kept in an airtight container. Just be sure to keep it out of sight or you might find yourself nibbling on it all day.

Chinese Five Spice Scallops With Mandarin Orange Salad

Serves two, adjust the recipe accordingly.

Scallops

  • 4 or 5 large dry sea scallops per person (2 for an appetizer portion)
  • Chinese five spice powder*
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil (I use peanut oil)

Dry well and season both sides of the sea scallops with five spice powder, salt and pepper to taste. Coat a nonstick sauté pan with a small amount of oil. When the oil is hot, add the scallops in one layer and cook undisturbed for two minutes or until golden. (Do not overcrowd the pan…cook in batches if necessary.) Turn and cook for approximately another two minutes until golden brown and done.

*Chinese five spice is a fragrant, sweet and slightly spicy blend of grated star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves and fennel. The spice blend is common in Chinese cooking and some people consider it to have possible health benefits.

Salad Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Ponzu (a citrus seasoned soy sauce) or soy sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to blend. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Crunchy Topping

  • 1/4 c. dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 c. broken ramen noodles (chow mein noodles can be substituted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. or to taste cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine the sugar and spices. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the peanuts and noodles to the pan and sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Toss or stir until the peanuts and noodles are coated and the sugar melts. Remove from the heat and spread the topping out on a piece of foil or other nonstick surface to cool.

Salad

  • Salad greens of your choice
  • 1 small can Mandarin oranges, drained (fresh oranges may be substituted)

Toss the salad greens with the dressing and plate. Top with the Mandarin oranges and sprinkle with the crunchy topping.

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When serving this meal, I like to put my salad on the plate with the scallops on the side so that the heat doesn’t wilt the greens. I sometimes sprinkle a little chopped cilantro over the dish and put a drop or two of sesame oil on each scallop for additional flavor but that is optional.

This is a light meal that you won’t feel guilty about eating…perhaps that is why I prepare Chinese Five Spice Scallops with Mandarin Orange Salad as often as I do.

For another delicious sea scallop dish, I think you might also enjoy my Asian inspired  recipe for Seared Sea Scallops With An Orange Ponzu Sauce.

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225 Responses to Chinese Five Spice Scallops With Mandarin Orange Salad

  1. If I had to choose something I would eat every day for the rest of my life it would look something like that. Perfect.

  2. Norma Chang says:

    Definitely a quick go-to meal not only for weeknights but busy weekends too. Colorful and healthy. I would probably make extra toppings, cool and store in airtight container for future quick toppings.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, I love the fact that this dish can be on the table in minutes…especially if you have the topping made ahead of time. I’m glad you like the dish…thank you!

  3. wow Karen..this looks just beautiful..i love the idea of serving the scallops with a fruit salad…lovely post..sarah

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sarah, for your lovely compliment. I love the combination of the sweet oranges with the five spice scallops…I’m glad you like it.

  4. Those look absolutely wonderful – very, very nice.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh love this combination! Sounds just delightful.

  6. The Tin Man says:

    Oh this just sounds wonderful! I love the combination of flavors.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tin Man, I’m glad you like the flavor combination of this dish…it think they go well together. Thank you for your compliment.

  7. Karen Harris says:

    This looks incredible Karen. I adore seafood paired with citrus. This looks like one I’ll have to try.

  8. dhphotosite says:

    This looks so good!!! Now I’m really hungry…and I even had breakfast!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you David, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you like the dish but sorry to have made you hungry before you have had a chance to eat…better head off the the kitchen. :)

  9. Tandy says:

    I absolutely love using five spice powder but sadly we don’t get fresh scallops here :)

  10. Monique says:

    We do enjoy our scallops..thanks for this very different recipe:)

  11. Mad Dog says:

    They sound delicious, especially with the Szechuan pepper :-)

  12. Bonnie says:

    This dish looks and sounds delicious! Now, if only I were in New Bedford, Mass to meet a boat coming in with fresh scallops!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Bonnie, for your nice compliment…this is a favorite dish in our house. One nice thing about living in New England is the abundance of fresh seafood.

  13. This looks fantastic! Can see why it is one of your favorites!
    Kenley

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kenley, for your nice compliment. If I ask my husband what he wants for dinner, he always says to see if there are nice sea scallops in the market so that we can have this meal.

  14. This sounds and looks so good. Beautifully done, Karen.

  15. afracooking says:

    I adore scallops! Such a fabulous idea to pair them with five spice!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Afra, I think that you will really enjoy the five spice seasoning on the scallops and it pairs so well with the oranges in the salad. Thank you for your compliment.

  16. Carolyn Chan says:

    You have got the most amazing caramelisation going on your scallops Karen !

  17. Karen….Your recipe has come at the right moment, My French son in law who has a restaurant had some scallops left over, and he knows how much I love them, gave them to me yesterday, I don’t have mandarins but do have a couple of oranges so will substitute with them. Just come inside after a few hours working in the garden so can’t wait to eat, them with the salad & nice crusty cereal baguette bought from the boulanger. along with a glass of white wine. Hmmmm
    One happy lady. Barbara Lilian.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, I’m happy that my post came to you in a timely manner and that you are going to make this dish. Your oranges will be perfect…you are going to have a great lunch. Enjoy!

  18. I agree, Karen, this does have it all, I especially like the salad dressing and will be trying it very soon. Seafood and a salad is an ideal weekday meal because it is so quick to prepare, yet delicious.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Judy, for your nice compliment. This is a great weekday meal. I think you will enjoy the salad dressing…it goes well on a love of different salads that I make.

  19. What a splendid recipe! As you say, it has EVERYTHING going for it. Thanks for sharing.

  20. reg45 says:

    Heading out to buy scallops now! I love mandarin orange salad too! This is the dressing I normally use -
    DRESSING

    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon tarragon, dried
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
    1/4 cup white vinegar
    1 egg yolks

    …I want to try it your way! I also like to use toasted slivered almonds…. ramen noodles sound interesting too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Reg, I’m happy to know that you are going to prepare the dish. Your dressing sounds good…I like tarragon. I hope you will enjoy my dressing recipe with the sesame and honey in as it goes well with the five spice scallops.

  21. Larry says:

    Sounds like a delicious meal Karen – both the salad and the scallops sound first rate.

  22. musingmar says:

    Another eye-catching dish that’s begging to be made in my kitchen! It sounds delicious, and I also appreciate the plating tips. I’m always eager to see what’s going on in your kitchen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marlene, for your kind words. I really appreciate your compliment. I do think you will enjoy this meal…my husband and I both love it.

  23. Karista says:

    My kind of meal Karen! Love Chinese Five Spice, especially on seafood. Yum! I think I’ll add this to my menu this week. Happy Monday :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karista, I agree with you about how well five spice goes with seafood…it is flavorful but not overpowering. I hope you will enjoy this dish if you get the opportunity to prepare it. Have a nice day as well.

  24. This is a terrific recipe! Scallops are one of my wife’s favorite foods, so we serve them often. Thus I’m always looking for new recipes! This looks like it has wonderful flavor, and everything is balanced so well. That topping looks like dynamite! Really excellent recipe – thank you.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, John. I’m happy that you like the recipe. This is a delicious meal that my husband often requests…when he requests a dish with salad, you know it is good. :)

  25. Yum! Beautiful,easy – and I bet delicious. Not only that, it looks like it would be good for my diet.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darryl, I do believe you would enjoy this dish. I think it is a great meal to have when you are trying to watch you weight…it is one of the reasons that we have it so often. Thank you for your compliment.

  26. This is absolutely beautiful! so tempting…we get bay scallops around here. Thanks for a lovely post.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Natalia, for you nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Bay scallops are delicious…I have some in my freezer that were a gift from a friend.

  27. Gourmantine says:

    Beautiful dish and great addition of five spice to scallops, I can see why it’s on the top of your favorites, I find scallops simply irresistible.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Gourmantine, for your nice compliment. I do like sea scallops with the five spice seasoning…just enough flavor without overpowering them.

  28. Love scallops for the simple fact that they cook so quickly!! Great week night dish!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy and Michael, This dish can be prepared in minutes if you have all your ingredient ready. It does make a great weekday meal. I’m glad you like the recipe…thanks!

  29. A_Boleyn says:

    Scallops are one of my favourite seafoods and I like the combination of flavours you’re using very much. Reminds me that I was meaning pick up some ramen noodles for mapo tofu ramen at the International grocery store. Guess I’ll have to add scallops (though they’ll have to be frozen) and ponzu to the list. :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Boleyn. I’m happy to know that you like the flavor combination in this meal…I think they go well.

  30. Cecile says:

    I am so “all over this recipe”. It looks yummy!! Gonna Pin it – for sure. By the way, I also live in New England – Western New England. Where do you live – that is, if you don’t mind saying.

  31. Yum, love 5 Spice! Gorgeous photo (as usual).

  32. lulu says:

    You can bet that with my taste running to Asian food these days, I love this. Add the fact that you say it’s easy to prepare and it sounds like a real winner. I even have 5 spice powder!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, I’m sure you are trying to recreate a lot of the meals you had on your trip. I know that this is a dish you will like…it can be ready in no time at all. Thank you as always for your nice compliment.

  33. Gosh, Karen, this is driving me nuts…I need to get some quality scallops SOON!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Yummy, such beautiful and simple flavors. This is a dish we will have to try. I love to cook scallops but five spice is something I’ve never tried. Is there a specific brand you use?

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy that you like the recipe…I think you will enjoy the scallops with the five spice powder. I do not have a favorite brand of five spice…you will probably be happy with whatever brand you find in the Asian section of your market.

  35. Mmm, Karen! I could see why it is one of your favorite dishes. I love scallops (I checked-out your other recipe too), have to try this Chinese Five Spice. This is a 5-star salad… greens, fruits, flavorful dressing and the crunchy garnish!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fae, I’m happy that you like this recipe…we think it is a great weekday meal. I’m glad you checked out the other recipe as it has similar Asian flavors. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  36. Eva Taylor says:

    I can certainly see how the five Chinese spice pairs perfectly with the scallops Karen, it’s a lovely meal too. You’ve caramelized your scallops perfectly, I really love it. Scallops are also a very healthy protein. I’l going to book mark this wonderful recipe for later this week.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the recipe and are bookmarking it to make it later in the week. I hope you enjoy the meal as much as we do. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  37. Oh YUM! I adore scallops! They’re quite expensive here, but I really should look into cooking them more often, because they’re one of my favourites. Thanks for the recipe, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, I happy to know that you like scallops and this recipe. It is funny that I tend to think of Australia as being a country of plentiful seafood thus thinking it would not be expensive. When I buy my scallops at the market, I ask for a certain number…not by weight. If they are very large, you only need a couple to go along with the salad.

  38. Kristy says:

    This looks wonderful Karen. I’ve been making salads on Monday nights for the past month and this will be a nice one to add to the mix. I know the kids will like the Asian flavors in this! :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kristy, for your nice compliment. I believe you will enjoy this salad with the five spice scallops and the Asian flavors in the dressing.

  39. Again, sounds delicious. I think I could use that topping on a couple of other things I have made in the past…Asian inspired meals.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Heather, for your nice compliment. The topping is so good…you may have to hide it from yourself. :) It is very tempting to nibble on.

  40. Those are absolutely beautiful Scallops – the five-spice sounds perfect with that salad!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Alyssa, for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy that you like the recipe for the five spice scallops and orange salad.

  41. You caught my eye with the inclusion of mandarin oranges, something I adore. Have to admit that I’ve yet to try scallops! At the weekend I noticed that one of the stores I use has been awarded best fish retailer of the year. That could be good news for me as I normally don’t trust counters in stores. Will have to keep an eye open to see if they have any very fresh scallops sometime soon. Fab recipe! Hardly surprising you make this so often.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Johnny, I’m glad that you liked the recipe. I do like the sweet taste of little mandarin oranges although any orange would be good in the salad. I agree with you about trying to find the freshest sea scallops..we are lucky to have nice ones here in New England. This is one of our favorite dishes…thank you for your nice compliment.

  42. Everything about this looks terrific to me & I wouldn’t have any guilt feelings about it at all, even if it was loaded w/calories. I’m so glad that you’ve given me a new idea for scallops.

  43. Your scallops look perfectly seared, what a beautiful salad!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura, I’m glad that you like the salad and Chinese five spice scallops. The secret to seared scallops is not to move them until they are golden before turning.

  44. It looks rich and healthy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gloria, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. This is a healthy meal that really is delicious…I’m glad you like it.

  45. Min says:

    Yum! Now this is a meal I know I will absolutely LOVE! Scallops are my favorite seafood. So simple to prepare and yet so satisfying. Way to go on the nice sear ;). The dressing sounds perfect as well. Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to make this soon!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Min, Thank you for stopping by my blog for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you enjoy the recipe and want to make it. I hope that you will enjoy the meal.

  46. viveka says:

    A stunning dish … scallops perfectly cooked … love the dressing, but don’t eat scallops – going to try this with salmon. Happy April to you… bring on the Spring now.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Viveka, for your lovely compliment. I think salmon or any mild white fish would be delicious with the five spice seasonings. I’m with you…I’m totally ready for spring. :)

  47. Great looking scallops! Yum!

  48. Susan says:

    This looks fabulous! We can buy scallops fresh from the boat when they’re in season which happens to be right now! I would love to try this.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. If you have accessibility to fresh scallops, I think you will definitely enjoy this meal.

  49. hotlyspiced says:

    I love Chinese five spice powder and cook with it often. I can imagine it being great with scallops. What a lovely dish xx

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Charlie, for your nice compliment. Five spice has such a lovely flavor and goes so well with the scallops…I’m glad you like the recipe.

  50. Eha says:

    Oh, Karen, this is just beautiful and so in ‘my style’ of cooking! Shall copy it exactly! Unfortunately the scallopsI can get are of a slightly smaller size, so the visual effect will not be as dramatic. Love the dressing and the topping :) !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, I’m glad you like this recipe…I can’t tell you have many times this is on our table throughout the year. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I do. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  51. I love scallops and these are cooked perfectly. Love the idea of pairing them in salad.. delish! Great post!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Anne, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. The citrus salad goes very well with the five spice scallops.

  52. ohlidia says:

    This looks so yummy Karen! Fast, simple and delicious is my kind of meal!

  53. Michelle says:

    What a perfect combination, Karen. One of the few things I miss in the warm seasons is the wonderful cold weather citrus. So good in salad!

  54. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve never cooked scallops before but yours look so delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelli, Scallops are so easy to prepare…just a couple of minutes in each side. I hope you will enjoy the dish. Thank you for your compliment.

  55. You were right, this really is easy to do which means that it is cook and diner friendly too! :D

  56. What a great looking salad! I made your shrimp salad and it was delicious. Can’t wait to make this one too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sandra, I’m always happy to hear when someone has made and enjoyed one of my recipes. I hope you will enjoy this dish as well. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  57. That looks delicious, Karen, and I love that I could make a single serving. I haven’t had a jar of five spice in the cupboard for years. It’s now on my shopping list. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, This is the perfect dish when just cooking for yourself. I’m glad you like the salad…thanks! I’m surprised how often I use my five spice…I’ll be adding it to my shopping list soon.

  58. Perfectly cooked succulent scallops. I can see how you should hide those topping out of site. My teenagers would go nuts over that topping. In HK we have these snack type of ramen noodles called Mamee. Have you ever heard of this? They would also be very nice in the topping. I can’t wait to give this dish a try.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbi, I’m glad you like this dish as it is one of our favorites. I just googled Mamee and you are right…it would be good to use in the topping. I hope you will enjoy the meal. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  59. This looks really special…Love scallops. I have printed the receipe and saturday is market day.

  60. Maureen says:

    Perfect scallops and what’s not to love about a salad with citrus in it. I love the sweetness of the mandarin in it. This one’s a winner.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Maureen, for your kind words. I agree with you that the flavor combination of the citrus with the five spice scallops…it’s delicious.

  61. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow those scallops is just so tempting, nicely seared

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Raymund, for your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you like the scallops. A hot pan, dry scallops and not moving them gets that sear.

  62. What a lovely and fresh looking spring dish! I love scallops so much, so I know that I’d really enjoy this salad!

  63. gotasté says:

    Aw..Karen, this is such a creative combination. I have never thought of using five spice powder with scallops. I must try it ! I can already imagine the rich flavor of the spice embracing the sweetness of the scallops. I am drooling….What a great recipe to share!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Danny, for your nice compliment. I think the flavors of the five spice go well without overpowering the scallops. I’m happy to know that you like the recipe.

  64. Joanne says:

    Five spice is one of my favorite seasonings! What a gorgeous meal!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joanne, I’m glad you like five spice as much as I do. I love the flavor it gives to so many recipes. Thank you for your compliment…I’m happy you liked the meal.

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  66. Oooh, what a great flavor mix for these scallops – orange and 5 spice. And I think this is the best way to serve scallops (seared served with something fresh and crisp) as they have such a delicious but delicate flavor. Thanks for this.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jeannee, for your lovely compliment. You are right about the five spice…it gives wonderful flavor but does not overpower the delicate taste of the scallops. The crispness of the salad and sweetness of the oranges seem to go well with the dish.

  67. adinparadise says:

    Yummy photo, and not too difficult either. Thanks for sharing, Karen. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sylvia, I’m happy that you enjoyed the photo…thank you for your compliment. This is a very quick and simple meal to put together. I’m glad you like it.

  68. Fabulous, we are still enjoying scallops here in England and want to get a few more dishes in before we head back to Spain so will most definitely be trying this gorgeous one!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya, Yes, this would be a perfect meal to prepare before you head back home to Spain. Thank you for your nice compliment…I’m happy you like the recipe. Enjoy!

  69. After seeing how many comments you had I could easily not have left one, Karen. LOL! But I had to tell you how delicious this looks. I’m like a broken record when it comes to leaving comments on your site, but you have a real ability to translate taste through your photographs. My mouth is watering at how beautifully prepared these scallops are. I just read above, “hot pan, dry scallops, and not moving them around”–I mean it, mouth watering! Love the crunchy top for the salad, too. :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, I’m happy that you took the time to leave a comment and appreciate your very kind words. Yes…to get a good sear just follow my tips. I’m glad you like the recipe as it is a favorite. Thank you!

  70. Karen, thanks for stopping by. Your blog is awesome! Look forward to reading more, Diane

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, I’m happy that you stopped by for and visit and that you enjoy my blog. I am looking forward to your return. Thank you for your compliment.

  71. Do all of your readers understand the difference between dry and wet scallops? A really important fact to know. Folks, only buy “dry” as the “wet” ones are treated with chemicals you do not want to consume!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, I suggested “dry” scallops in my recipe. I know that my readers are from all over the world and may not have a choice when they are buying scallops. The chemical used on “wet” scallops is used to preserve scallops, shrimp, fish, deli roast beef, franks, etc. I know that many people want preservative free foods but it is not always possible. I’m very lucky living New England where we have fresh seafood.

  72. I adore chinese five spice, and I can just taste how really texturally and spicy/sweet/delicious this would be. Love the crunchy topping on the salad with it, too…perfect contrast of textures!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, I’m glad that you like five spice as much as I do. Since you do, I think you will enjoy one of my favorite dishes. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  73. Drooling as I look and read … and definitely going to make this very soon! Thank you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo, I’m happy to know that you like this dish and plan on preparing it. I hope you will enjoy it as much as my husband and I do. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  74. ChgoJohn says:

    You’e such a talent in the kitchen, Karen. These scallops are perfectly seared. I have been served scallops in restaurants that weren’t prepared so well. Pairing them with Mandarin oranges is the master stroke. This dish is going to grace more than a few tables. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, for your very kind words…they are very much appreciated. This is a simple recipe but one that we love and have often. I’m glad that you like the dish.

  75. Love scallops so will definitely try this …

  76. Charles says:

    Absolutely love five spice! It’s such a wonderful flavour. Not *such* a huge fan of scallops, but I think anything can be made delicious with five spice :D

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charles, It is nice to have you stop by for a visit. I have used five spice in so many recipes…I love the flavor it gives to food. You could certainly substitute a fish of your choice in this dish.

  77. Tessa says:

    I love the combination of the five spice and the scallops! Without a doubt, a must try recipe!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tessa, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe and want to make it. I hope you will enjoy the dish as much as I do. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  78. Natalie says:

    Wow so much flavor in this, great job!

  79. mjskit says:

    Oh Karen these scallops looks delicious and perfectly cooked! I’d give anything to find some good scallops like this! A very unique use of Chinese 5 spice.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you MJ, for your nice compliment. I think the flavor of the five spice scallops and the oranges in the salad go very well together. I am lucky to live in New England where we have a wonderful selection of fresh seafood.

  80. Karen, I think if you served me this as an appetizer, I request a second serving for the main course, it sounds just wonderful!

  81. Great combination and the scallops are perfectly seared and caramelized. YUM!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, I’m glad you like the combination of the orange salad along with the Chinese five spice scallops…I think it is a nice flavor combination. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  82. Suzanne says:

    That dish is totally delicious and your photo makes me want to eat the scallops right off the page.

  83. Five spice is so under-utilized. I’m glad to see a fab and tasty recipe featuring it :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kiran, I’m glad to know that you like five spice as much as I do. I think it is a terrific spice…I use it on seafood, pork and chicken. Thank you for your nice compliment…I’m happy you like the recipe.

  84. Katerina says:

    This is a beautiful salad Karen! I’ve been wanting to buy some scallops but I haven’t got the chance up until now. You make me regret it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katerina, I’m happy that you like my orange salad with the seared Chinese five spice. I hope you get a chance to buy scallops soon…they are my favorite of all seafoods.

  85. Citrus and seafood are a match made in heaven and a little spice is always good. Fantastic salad Karen.
    Sam

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sam, I agree with you about citrus and seafood as they truly are a wonderful match. I’m happy to know that you like this dish…thank you for your compliment.

  86. Karen, Chinese five-spice-powder is truly an amazing spice – I love the way it smells and tastes! Adding it to fabulous bay scallops had never occured to me but your recipe sounds and looks so very tempting! And your presentation is so fresh and appetizing that I feel the urge to run out and order some fresh scallops right away and get cooking on this recipe!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Andrea, I have to agree with you that Chinese five spice is terrific. I do think it goes very well with the scallops. I hope you will enjoy the recipe if you get a chance to make it. Thank you for your compliment. I hope you have a great week as well.

  87. I see the serving suggestion says two, I would have to change that to one! I love scallops and this recipe sounds perfect.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maria, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. This is a nice salad to prepare for one or many. Thank you for your compliment.

  88. Purely.. Kay says:

    Karen, I think you made these just for me :). These scallops look phenomenal. I can totally see myself making this, this weekend

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kay, for your nice compliment. I hope you get a chance to make this dish. I think you will enjoy the five spice scallops with the orange salad.

  89. Seriously I can live on this meal day after day for my whole life and be happy …
    Delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Reem, I’m glad you like this recipe as much as my husband and I do. This is one of the dishes that I prepare over and over again. Thank you for your compliment.

  90. Simple perfection. That’s why it is one of your favorites. Just stunning and totally mouth watering. Can’t wait to make this for my family. I bet it will be a family favorite here too.

  91. Karen I adore your recipes :-)

  92. That looks amazing. I like the combination of the sweet scallops with the Chinese five spice. and also the addition of a mandarin orange salad I think would round out the meal nicely!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ducky, for your nice compliment. I do like the flavor combinations in this meal. I’m happy that you like the dish…it is a favorite of mine.

  93. Sissi says:

    Karen, this is the recipe I will never forget! I cook scallops quite often and have already tried them in various, both Asian and European ways (have you tried them breaded and deep-fried??? I have found it in an old American cookery book and loved them), but this is a revelation! I will wait for next “special price” on scallops (they are horribly expensive otherwise) and definitely try your tip. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, I’m so happy that you like this recipe…I do think you will enjoy it. Yes, breaded and deep fried scallops are delicious and are very popular here in New England.

  94. i can easily see why the oranges pair so well with the slight heat of the spices and the seafood. What a wonderful combination of flavors and textures!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jessica, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you like my combination of flavors in this dish…it is one of my favorite recipes.

  95. You gotta love Chinese Five Spices. So versatile and always so good.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jed, I have to agree with you…I love the wonderful flavors that make up Chinese five spice. It goes so well with seafood, chicken and pork. Thank you for your comment.

  96. lolarugula says:

    Yay! A beautiful new way to prepare scallops – thank you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lesley, I’m happy to know that you like the Chinese five spice scallops…I think they are delicious. I hope you will as well.

  97. Jerry says:

    What a brilliant combinations of flavours – bookmarking this to try.perhaps when we’re on the cape this summer and I have access to some really good scallops . . .

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jerry, I’m happy that you like this dish as I really love the flavor combination. It would be perfect to enjoy when you are on the cape and have access to wonderful scallops. Thank you for your compliment.

  98. juliana says:

    This is my kind of meal…I love the idea of Chinese 5 spices and scallops…simple and so tasty…yes, perfect paired with the mandarin salad :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Juliana, I’m happy that you like this meal. It really is a quick and simple meal to put together but has great tastes. Thank you for your lovely compliment. I hope you have a wonderful week as well.

  99. lovely light and gourmet dish. one to seduce a new date… or an old hubby :) ciao, Barbara

  100. Meghan says:

    Gorgeous color on those scallops & I love all the flavors in the salad! Gorgeous dish, Karen!

  101. Hi Karen,
    Love the sound of this dish. It just goes to show that a dish can be beautiful in its simplicity, as long as you use lovely ingredients.

    • Karen says:

      HiChristine, . I’m glad you like this dish…it is simple but delicious. I appreciate your stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment.

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  103. YUM! This looks like such a flavorful, refreshing dish!!

  104. I luv anything with five spice powder. This looks great.

  105. Matthew W says:

    I know the directions say”Dry well”, but I have NEVER been able to fry scallops to get them crispy. They always let out enough moisture to steam themselves.

    Might have to put this recipie on my “to do” list.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Matthew, Thank you for stopping by for a visit. If you are buying what is called “wet scallops” they do have a lot of moisture in them. Try rinsing and placing them on a wire rack over a pan for a few minutes before cooking. Then blot well with paper towels. Hope that helps.

  106. jlaceda says:

    Those are perfect-looking scallops! Love the sear, love the salad that comes with it! My kind of dish!

  107. Susan says:

    Your scallops look beautifully seared! I love the combination of seafood and salad and this one sounds particularly delicious.

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