Pan-Seared Sea Scallops on Red Onion Marmalade
PUBLISHED ON: 02.14.2010
This dish can be made in less than a half an hour and is perfect served as a first course or as a main entree. If served as a main course, it is recommended that it be served with a soft polenta and steamed broccoli rabe. The onion marmalade is delicious separate with grilled meats or as an accompaniment for cheese.
We served it up with our Valentine’s Day meal as a first course in place of salad.
Pan-seared sea scallops on red onion marmalade
4 main course or 8 first course servings
Recipe from: Bon Appetit
16 large scallops, side muscles removed
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 medium red onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
Chopped fresh chives
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Toss the scallops in 2 tablespoons oil, lemon peel, and ginger in a medium bowl. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Add scallops to skillet. Cook until brown and just opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer scallops to small baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm.
Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil to drippings in same skillet; place over high heat. Add onions; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, and brown sugar. Cook until onion marmalade is thick, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon marmalade onto plates. Top with scallops and any juices. Sprinkle with chives.
What a gorgeous looking dish! The onion marmalade seems like a fantastic addition that I'd use time and time again! Happy Valentines Day!
What a gorgeous first course. I adore scallops and will try these very soon. Have a great day…Mary
I adore scallops….unfortunately no sight of them here.Your pan-seared scallops look so very inviting!
Sinful Southern Sweets
Wheww! This would make a fine Valentine's dinner! I love scallops also!!
If I were cooking our Valentine's dinner tonight, I'd make this! Fortunately, my bf is taking care of dinner tonight! This looks lovely though – I'll keep it in mind for our next romantic dinner date 🙂
my boyfriend cooks for me
This looks beautiful. Will have to try that red onion marmalade (I bet it would be amazing on some nice steaks, too!)
Meals by Misty
I love LOVE love scallops. The husband doesn't so I don't cook them near as often as I should. The presentation is fabulous! Makes me hungry, however, I am done cooking for a while (at least until Monday) 🙂
un diner parfait ça ne peut être que délicieuxjoyeuse st Valentinbonne soirée
Sea scallops – yum! Onion marmalade – yum! Sounds absolutely delicious!
lovely color on those scallops! Beautiful.
it looks absolutely delicious Velva!! I am going to be trying that in the weeks to come
Velva, everyone of your recipes/pics always looks amazing! I can't wait to try this combo of ingredients with scallops! Do you think it would be okay to add some bacon pieces to the mixture, or do you think that would be too much?
Velva, what a beautiful dinner. Scallops are one of my favorite seafoods and the red onion marmalade sounds incredible. Definitely going to give this a try.Happy Valentine's Day…
Oh how delicious – and beautiful too! Hope you are having a Happy Valentine's Day! Any snow up there at your end of the state? Too cold for Florida!
Beautiful! I'm a scallop girl and will have to give this a try. Beautiful plate.
Asha @ FSK
Stunning! Love the sear on the scallop.. So often you get a limp scallop on your plate.. this looks gorgeous!!
I love how quickly scallops cook up! It makes it possible to have a quick, elegant meal! This looks just gorgeous! I bet it pairs awesome with polenta- yum! Happy Valentine's day!!
this is a beautiful dinner and the scallop looks so regal and perfect…
Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe
You went over the top for this dinner!♥
Fresh Local and Best
This looks like the perfect Valentine's Day dinner. Happy Valentine's Day!
That looks wonderful! I just love scallops.
Oh my, what a beautiful first course for Valentine's Day dinner! It looks so good!!!
I adore pan seared scallops. And the red onion marmalade sounds amazing. Will have to try this soon.
Inspired by eRecipeCards
beautiful… can't wait to see the rest of the meal
chow and chatter
wow it looks amazing and such a great pictureHappy Valentines
Looks fabulous for Valentine's Day. And the onion marmalade sounds divine! Happy Valentines!
Happy Valentines Day!Looks delicious! Love the beautiful plate, too.
Once again you have presented poetry on a plate! We love scallops and red onion marmalade would just be the cherry on the cake!
3 hungry tummies
What a beautiful looking dash! Your photo never failed to capture the essence of the dish!
The scallop looks amazing! Yum!
The scallop is huge!! Looks so yum!
this scallop is totally scrumptious ! and this marmelade is so tasty cheers de Paris Pierre
My husband just loves scallops in any recipe; this looks spectacular especially with the marmalade. Hope you had a wonderful lovely Valentines DayRita
Sophie Sportende Foodie
A georgous & very fabulous dish, Velva!!a beautiful picture too,….mmmmmmm!!I just gave you an AWARD!!! Yeah!!!
Would it be totally indulgent of me to have this with polenta AND broccoli rabe? I hope not because that is what I want. For dinner. Tonight. I need to investigate teh scallop availability in my life. Gorgeous!
I love scallops but haven't had much success making them at home. Your dish looks amazing!
Nice looking \”scallop-tizer\” serving 🙂
This is too pretty to eat. Love onion marmalade and can use it often – but that scallop pearched on on the marmalde- so fetching and inviting.
looks fabulous! almost makes me wish I'd stayed home and cooked instead of going out to dinner for Valentines Day!
This one is printing as I type! My husband loves scallops and your dish looks divine!
I have scallops at least once a week, Velva! They would be fabulous with your onion marmalade! What a super recipe. Copying it right now. I can think of so many uses for it. Kudos!
Scallops are one of my favorite seafoods. I like them seared, without much fuss. You did just that, but the red onion marmalade stands out. Great recipe!
Perfect dish! The red onion marmalade sounds just fabulous with scallops! Hope you had a terrific celebration!
Castles Crowns and Cottages
Velva dearest,Your delicacies are a true delight awaiting us all at the end of the Cinderella ball….let out your corsets, ladies! LET'S EAT CHEZ VELVA!!!!Beautiful display and mouthwatering meals as well. Bisous, Anita
That's a gorgeous dish, tempting pic!
the dark crust you've achieved on your scallop is perfection, and that makes an ideal bed. i adore this fancy but doable dish, velva!
I just made scallops recently and got nowhere near the gorgeous golden brown crust you got on yours!! You have the magic touch. This dish looks amazing.
so gorgeous and fancy! what a perfect dish, i just want to dig in!
I've made scallops once…..not a good experience. These on the other hand look and sound lovely and make a change of the scallops with minted pea puree…..
This looks fabulous! What an elegant first course!
La Bella Cooks
I need to make this for my husband….immediately!
That scallop looks just perfect sitting atop of that lovely red onion marmalade! Mmmm!
Wow…if that doesn't look delicious than I don't know what does. So tasty…I love scallops!!!
oh how I love scallops!!! cannot wait to try this recipe!
Well I live not too far from the coast so scallops are plentiful. I am definitely going to try this recipe. It looks delicious.Thanks for visiting my blog.
The Old White Barn
This is definately a keeper – thank you for sharing!Susan
The red onion marmalade looks absolutely divine! Oh I could eat that all on its own! Lovely!
I have so enjoyed seeing all the marvelous Valentine's dinners but this is one of the most delightful! I love scallops but the onion marmalade sounds fantastic. 😎
Velva, this is absolutely top shelf! We love scallops here so this is a welcomed dish. Will be adding this to the repertoire. Perfection!
Perfect beginning to a Valentine's Day meal!
Lyndas recipe box
Oh my goodness, this just looks amazing, Velva!What a perfect addition to your valentine dinner.
It's beautiful, looks absolutely delicious and perfectly plated! What a lovely Valentine's dinner!
Beautiful V-day dinner! And look at the size of that scallop!
Your scallop looks perfect, and served with onion marmalade, heavenly!Mimi
looks yummy as well as healthy dear!!!
gorgeous! sounds perfect
I think these scallops are perfect for a celebratory meal. I like onions so much too!
looks great! I just made some fun scallop appetizers too, for my blog. Scallops make the best small plates, don't they?
gosh, this picture belongs in a magazine!
What a perfect Valentine's Day meal! Perfect combo of flavors!
Looks yummy! I'll have to try this!
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