Seared Scallops with Orange-Basil Sauce Recipe -
Seared Scallops with Orange-Basil Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Seared Scallops with Orange-Basil Sauce

Recipe by  

"An elegant and excellent main dish when paired with fresh pasta."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

On Sale Change Settings

Hmm. None of these ingredients are on sale today.

Show ingredients on sale

Sort stores by

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Mix orange juice, mustard and basil in a glass measuring cup. Coat the scallops with oil and season both sides with salt and pepper. When pan is hot (if using a nonstick skillet, residual oils will send up wisps of smoke), add scallops; cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Divide scallops among 4 dinner plates.
  2. Add orange juice mixture to the hot skillet; simmer until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in butter, pour over scallops and serve.
Kitchen-Friendly View



Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 17, 2006

This recipe was delicious, though I made a few modifications. First I cooked the scallops in the olive oil and s&p as directed, but I added a little garlic powder to it to give them some zing. Then instead of pulling the scallops out of the pan before adding the sauce...I kept them in the pan and poured the OJ/Dried Basil/Dijon Mustard mix right in there with the scallops so they would absorb the flavor. Then I added a couple of teaspoons of sugar to the sauce to eliminate some of the acidity and tanginess, and I also added a tablespoon of flour as it was cooking so that it would thicken a bit. I served it over whole wheat linguini and sprinked with fresh grated parmesan. It was absolutely delicious. I'm going to add this one to my "recipe's to make often" collection.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 15, 2006

Sorry, I was disappointed with this recipe. Saw a suggestion to use fresh O.J. Big mistake. It made the sauce very bitter so the scallops tasted bad. I added some shrimp in with the scallops and they tasted better. Guess the scallops absorb more flavors (good and bad) from the sauce.


15 Ratings

Apr 09, 2006

This turned out really good. One of my fav dishes at a local cafe is orange seared scallops, this was better! I used double the orange juice (wanted a good amount of sauce for pasta) and put the scallops in with the sauce maybe 5 minutes. This was great over angel hair pasta with lots of fresh grated parmesan to up the creaminess. A new favorite dish, will be great for company!

Jan 31, 2006

We enjoyed this a lot, but will try it again with fresh basil. Basil is one of those spices that has much more flavor when the fresh herb is used.

Oct 28, 2006

This was a big hit at a luncheon I hosted for several of the fussiest ladies I know! I added a can of mandarin oranges along with the juice instead of the regular orange juice. FABULOUS! I have served this over brown rice, jasmine rice, linguine...very versatile! A keeper!

Jun 29, 2006

Yum. Made exactly as the recipe has it listed and served with angel hair pasta.

Jun 14, 2006

Easy & good, fresh basil works, too.

May 02, 2006

I used fresh basil, and substituted Chilean sea bass for half of the scallops. I served it over angel hair pasta, and it was delicious! As good as any restaurant meal I've had, and super fast and easy. I will definitely make this again, and try other mild fish and shellfish, maybe even chicken, and serve with rice! I can't imagine going wrong with this recipe - it's a keeper!!!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 353 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 118 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 14.2 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 43.2 g
  • 86%
  • Sodium
  • 660 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Go Pro!

In Season

Celebrate Spring Salads
Celebrate Spring Salads

The most-tender new vegetables are here just in time for early spring salads!

Hearty Potato Soups
Hearty Potato Soups

Creamy, comforting potato soups will warm you up.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Menus

Sorry, there are no related menus here yet.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States