Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Scallops With Citrus And Quinoa

If you are watching your weight or just looking for a healthy alternative this meal per serving is only 335 calories with 10 grams of fat. We used fresh diver sea scallops. The scallops were quickly seared until golden brown on each side and served along side of quinoa.

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a high protein and nutritious seed, originally from the Andes region of South America. This grain has a slightly nutty flavor which makes it an excellent substitute for rice or cous-cous. Quinoa is very easy to prepare and cooks quickly.


Scallops With Citrus And Quinoa
Serves 4
Recipe from Food Network

Ingredients:
3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed well
Kosher salt
3 oranges
4 tangerines
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1- 1/4 pounds sea scallops, tough foot muscles removed
Freshly ground pepper
1 teasppon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
1. Combine the quinoa, 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, ntil the water is absorbed, 12 to 14 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, grate 1 teaspoon orange zest, then juice all 3 oranges and the tangerines 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, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter; keep warm.

3. Season the scallops on one side with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron 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, 2 to 3 minutes more minutes.

4. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and divide among plates. Top with the scallops, drizzle with the citrus sauce and sprinkle with parsley.

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66 comments:

Astra Libris said...

Scallops and quinoa are two of my favorite foods in the world! I'm absolutely in love with this gorgeous recipe...

Chef E said...

Velva, You are pretty 'Keen' to cook with two of my favorite ingredients! Orange and quinoa! I am addicted to this chickpea salad, and eat it with clementine sections, onion, and chopped cilantro, like I eat quinoa...now I want seared scallops...girl those look divine!

Rebecca said...

I'm always looking for a new way to serve scallops! I will have to try this recipe - I'm loving the idea of incorporating citrus!

Tracy (Amuse-bouche for Two) said...

If I hadn't already prepped tomatoes, garlic and shallot for sauce tonight I think I would be running out to buy scallops. Ah, another day...

George Gaston said...

Velva, it looks like your scallops are cooked to perfection! And this dish looks delicious. I am definitely stopping by the fish market and getting a few scallops and try to duplicate your incredible meal. Many thanks...

Lea Ann said...

This is so timely as I just bought my first Quinoa this weekend. I haven't started looking for recipes yet, so thanks for this. Looks delicious;

www.dhaleb.com said...

I tried making scallops once but it came out soggy and bland. Still not sure what I did wrong. I'll have to give your recipe a try next time I buy some scallops.

Gloria said...

Velva this look awesome, really fantastic, I love it, gloria

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum, what a great dinner!
We are big fans of both quinoa and scallops. Looks like a winner!

A Year on the Grill said...

Morning Velva... I received my care package today and I am THRILLED!!!

I am going to wait to send out mine til i get to the Virgin Islands in a couple weeks. But i will be cooking with a few of your items this weekend.

Very generous and great fun!

And I am now saving all sea food recipes. Supposed to be great sea food "deals" on the isle!

Rambling Tart said...

Mmm, delicious, Velva. :-) I accidentally made a big pot of quinoa instead of millet (yes, I am sick and out of it ;-)), and this looks like a perfect way to use it up. :-)

Hungry Dog said...

Nice recipe! I love scallops and am growing fond of quinoa too--and it's just so good for you.

Barbara said...

Quinoa is a much under-used grain. I love it AND I love scallops. Super dish, Velva. The use of tangerines is a great idea and would impart such a wonderful flavor to this dish.

Bridgett said...

I love quinoa and my husband loves scallops so this is a perfect match for us. I am definitely doing this.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I haven't tried quinoa yet but I just bought some and was looking for a recipe - this sounds great with the scallops. What a quick, healthy meal!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Look at the perfect sear on the scallops...drool, drool. I'm slowly bonding with Quinoa. It's an acquired taste, I think. This might do the trick!

Sage said...

Looks so good! I love quinoa and my husband is a Scallop lover so this sounds like the perfect combination.

Laura in Paris said...

I love love scallops! I prepared them in many different ways! Scallops season goes from October till May and I make them pretty often ..

Mimi said...

I was looking for quinoa recipes. I have trees loaded with tangerines and oranges, all I need are scallops and I'm good to go.
Mimi

teresa said...

what a fantastic salad, and so full of flavor, wonderful!

Lyndsey said...

Ooo, I love Quinoa! I love using it in salads! This sounds like a great dish to eat it hot.

Catherine said...

This dish looks wonderful Velva. I love scallops and I love the way you have prepared them! Have a great week!

doggybloggy said...

perfectly cooked scallops - I can smell and taste their richness - beautiful job.

Mikki said...

Oh my goodness.. this looks DELICIOUS!!! And it's Gluten free.. did you know that ..LOL.

Quinua is a huge GF friendly food. ;-)

Have a great day!

lakegirl said...

These look so delicious! I love quinoa! My husband had citrus scallops on the cruise and I wanted to find a recipe. Thanks for sharing this one!

Sandi said...

Love the new recipe Velva....I am going to try it next week

Bailey said...

Looks tasty

figtree said...

Im a big quinoa fan! The only problem is no one else in my family likes it... :( What a delicious dinner you have prepared!!!!!

3 hungry tummies said...

I have never used quinoa before, this dish will certainly make me want to get some and try it! Fabulous photo as usual!

robinson_pamela@msn.com said...

this looks amazing... thank you for your sweet comment... i LOVE yummie food.... xx pam

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

velva...this looks wonderful....i have to make it

thank you so much for visiting Farmhouse...always good to see you, friend

kary
xxx

Pierce said...

I do love scallops...and you know what, I have never had quinoa before. Must try it.

Renee Fontes said...

Beautiful! The scallops look perfect, I like the texture of the quinoa. Thanks Renee

Ingrid said...

I need to be eating low fat and low cal but I'm not. I would if all of it could be as yummy as those scallops look.
~ingrid

My Little Space said...

Wow, this looks really yummy... Love the taste of the scallops! Yummm...mm...

grace said...

quinoa is an awesome ingredient--not only is it fun to say, but it's sooo healthy and the texture is just incredible. elegant and delicious meal, velva!

Susan Fields said...

I've never even heard of quinoa before. I'll definitely have to give it a try - thanks for the great recipe!

Dajana said...

Oh, I just bought a bag of quinoa, I want to use it for soups and such, this recipe comes served on a silver plate. Thanks, dear.

Kim said...

This looks like some ultra delicious health food! Love the sprinkling of the citrus zest around the edges.

Daily Freebies said...

Looks Great!! Nice work!

Claudia said...

Love quinoa - and this is scrumptious. I like adding the tangerines for citrus zest - grand with the scallops. Nobody can feel deprivedw with such a recipe - you don't have to tell anyone it's healthy.

5 Star Foodie said...

Your scallops look just perfectly cooked and sound so yummy with quinoa!

Faith said...

It has been way too long since I've had scallops! Your gorgeous pic reminds me of how much I love them. And wow, that citrus sauce sounds incredible!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

stopping by to see what's in the kitchen...

back soon

kary
xxx

Jen_from_NJ said...

I just bought a huge bag of quinoa at Costco. Now I have the perfect recipe for it! This looks delicious and healthy too!

Katy ~ said...

I haven't had quinoa yet but it's on my "to try" list. I know we love scallops, and they must be terrific in this recipe as I LUV citrus. DEEEE-licious post!!

Heavenly Housewife said...

A wonderful dish. I think scallops make for such an elegant meal.
*kisses* HH

Chris said...

Nice lookin' scallops. I like the sear you got on them and the way the sauce clings to them, yum.

Sandy said...

I never had quinoa. Looks like something worth giving a try. I do like scallops and this one looks especially delicious!

tasteofbeirut said...

I have been planning to make scallops lately and seeing this photo I will do it sooner rather than later!

Mary said...

Velva, this sounds wonderful. I've bookmarked the recipe and will give it a try really soon. I'm a fan of quinoa and this is a really interesting recipe.

Cooking Rookie said...

This looks so good. And I just bought quinoa yesterday, for the first time, as an experiment - I've never tried it before. So now I know what to make with it :-).
Thanks a lot for the lovely recipe!

Lynda said...

I can't get fresh scallops in my town, which is dissapointing after seeing your recipe.This looks delicious and healthy, Velva!

Simply Life said...

scallops and quinoa - wow, I need a plate of that!

Sook said...

Oh the scallops look perfect. Yum!

buffalodick said...

Love scallops! Quinoa- not so much...

Spice said...

Scallops look so perfect....love that color...I never tried to cook them at home...well Quinoa is def. something I'm eager to taste...

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hi there!!!!! I am loving your blog and just spent a while perusing. Thanks for your visit recently!!!!

I love scallops and these look perfectly done.

Jennie said...

Oh Velva! I love this combination! Your scallops look cooked to perfection!

Mireya said...

I've never had Quinoa before, but do love couscous - will definitely have to give it a try soon!

Missy said...

Mmm..that looks very tempting! I've never had Quinoa. I'm adding that to my shopping list for next week! :)

sanjeet said...

I want seared scallops...girl those look divine!

Work from home India

Leslie said...

This looks fantastic AND it's healthy!? Great dinner.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I don't even ask about being your neighbor, or for you to adopt me. I'd be happy just be the puppy under the table, provided you do give your puppy a bite or two from your lovely plate.

Chef Fresco said...

I love quinoa! Looks delicious!

Kevin said...

Those scallops look perfectly grilled! With the citrus and quinoa it would be a nice fresh and light meal.

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