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.

Chinese Five Spice Seared Scallops With Asian Salad
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 thoughts on “Chinese Five Spice Scallops With Mandarin Orange Salad

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

    1. Thank you Mad Dog, for your nice compliment. The Szechuan pepper in five spice gives it a nice little zing of flavor I think.

  2. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. Thank you Carolyn, for your nice compliment. The trick is to have a hot pan and not to move them until it is time to turn them.

  3. 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.

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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!

    1. 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.

  6. 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!

    1. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  8. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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!

  9. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. Hi Cecile, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe enough to pin it…I appreciate that. My husband and I live in the southern part of New Hampshire and have a small summer cottage on a lake in Maine.

  11. 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!

    1. 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.

  12. 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?

    1. 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.

  13. 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!

    1. 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.

  14. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  15. 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! 🙂

    1. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  17. 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.

    1. 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.

  18. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  19. 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!

    1. 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.

  20. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

      1. I will give it a go with salmon … think it will come out great. I have taken photos of crocuses today, very small and fragile – a sign of spring. Love it.

      2. Thanks .. I have saved that one .. bookmarked.
        So kind of you – will come back when I tried it.
        Have a great week now.

  21. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  22. 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 🙂 !

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  23. 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!

    1. Hi Michelle, I do think citrus and seafood make a nice combination…I’m glad you like the dish. Thank you for your compliment.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  24. 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.

    1. 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.

  25. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  26. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  27. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  28. 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!

    1. 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!

  29. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

  30. 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!

    1. 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.

  31. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  32. 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.

    1. 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.

  33. 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 😀

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  34. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  35. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  36. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  37. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  38. 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 . . .

    1. 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.

  39. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. Hi Megan, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy that you like the dish…it is a favorite.

    1. 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.

    1. Hi Simply Life, This is one of my husband and my favorite meals. It is light but very flavorful. Thank you for your compliment.

  40. 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.

    1. 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.

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

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