Scallops With Citrus And Quinoa
PUBLISHED ON: 02.02.2010
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.
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.
Scallops and quinoa are two of my favorite foods in the world! I'm absolutely in love with this gorgeous recipe…
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!
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)
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…
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…
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;
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.
Velva this look awesome, really fantastic, I love it, gloria
Yum, what a great dinner!We are big fans of both quinoa and scallops. Looks like a winner!
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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!
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. 🙂
Nice recipe! I love scallops and am growing fond of quinoa too–and it's just so good for you.
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.
La Bella Cooks
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
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!
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!
Looks so good! I love quinoa and my husband is a Scallop lover so this sounds like the perfect combination.
Laura in Paris
I love love scallops! I prepared them in many different ways! Scallops season goes from October till May and I make them pretty often ..
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
what a fantastic salad, and so full of flavor, wonderful!
Ooo, I love Quinoa! I love using it in salads! This sounds like a great dish to eat it hot.
This dish looks wonderful Velva. I love scallops and I love the way you have prepared them! Have a great week!
perfectly cooked scallops – I can smell and taste their richness – beautiful job.
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!
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!
Love the new recipe Velva….I am going to try it next week
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
I have never used quinoa before, this dish will certainly make me want to get some and try it! Fabulous photo as usual!
this looks amazing… thank you for your sweet comment… i LOVE yummie food…. xx pam
My Farmhouse Kitchen
velva…this looks wonderful….i have to make itthank you so much for visiting Farmhouse…always good to see you, friendkaryxxx
I do love scallops…and you know what, I have never had quinoa before. Must try it.
Renee Weir- Fontes
Beautiful! The scallops look perfect, I like the texture of the quinoa. Thanks Renee
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
Wow, this looks really yummy… Love the taste of the scallops! Yummm…mm…
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!
I've never even heard of quinoa before. I'll definitely have to give it a try – thanks for the great recipe!
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.
This looks like some ultra delicious health food! Love the sprinkling of the citrus zest around the edges.
Looks Great!! Nice work!
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.
Your scallops look just perfectly cooked and sound so yummy with quinoa!
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
stopping by to see what's in the kitchen…back soonkaryxxx
I just bought a huge bag of quinoa at Costco. Now I have the perfect recipe for it! This looks delicious and healthy too!
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!!
A wonderful dish. I think scallops make for such an elegant meal.*kisses* HH
Nice lookin' scallops. I like the sear you got on them and the way the sauce clings to them, yum.
I never had quinoa. Looks like something worth giving a try. I do like scallops and this one looks especially delicious!
I have been planning to make scallops lately and seeing this photo I will do it sooner rather than later!
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.
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!
Lyndas recipe box
I can't get fresh scallops in my town, which is dissapointing after seeing your recipe.This looks delicious and healthy, Velva!
scallops and quinoa – wow, I need a plate of that!
Oh the scallops look perfect. Yum!
Love scallops! Quinoa- not so much…
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…
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.
Oh Velva! I love this combination! Your scallops look cooked to perfection!
I've never had Quinoa before, but do love couscous – will definitely have to give it a try soon!
Mmm..that looks very tempting! I've never had Quinoa. I'm adding that to my shopping list for next week! 🙂
I want seared scallops…girl those look divine! Work from home India
This looks fantastic AND it's healthy!? Great dinner.
The Absence of Alternatives
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.
I love quinoa! Looks delicious!
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Those scallops look perfectly grilled! With the citrus and quinoa it would be a nice fresh and light meal.