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Scallops in Blood Orange Sauce

Seared Scallops with Blood Orange Beurre Rouge

David Scott Allen
These succulent scallops pair exquisitely with the tart citrus flavour of blood orange. This dish is something you can easily whip up at home that will fool your dinner guests into thinking you're a 5-star chef. Pair with a buttery, full-bodied white wine for an incredible meal!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 2 people


  • 8 Sea Scallops
  • 3/4 cup Blood Orange Juice* 2-3 large oranges
  • 1 Shallot peeled and halved
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter softened
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter chilled
  • Chives snipped, for garnish


  • Pat scallops dry and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Let them sit uncovered in the refrigerator while you prepare the sauce. This will allow them to dry out a bit.
  • Place the orange juice, shallot and a good pinch of salt together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes or so until the liquid has reduced to about 2-3 tablespoons; it should be syrupy. Strain the juice into a clean pan and set aside, covered.**
  • Season the scallops on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge them in the flour.
  • In a heavy skillet set on medium-high heat; when hot, add the softened butter. When the butter stops foaming, add the scallops and cook until nicely browned on the bottom, about 2-3 minutes.
  • While the first side is browning, reheat the blood orange reduction over medium heat. Flip the scallops.
  • Whisk the chilled butter into the blood orange reduction, one tablespoon at a time. Divide among two plates.
  • Place four scallops on each plate of sauce, and serve immediately.


*If you cannot find blood oranges, you can get close to the flavour by using regular oranges (juice) with a drop of orange flower water and a teaspoon of honey mixed in. You won’t have the gorgeous red colour – just another beautiful colour, instead.
**You can use regular oranges/orange juice but the flavour is very different.
Keyword Blood Orange, Citrus, Scallops
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