Miso Blood Orange Scallops

Miso Blood Orange Scallops

Scallops. They fancy. Reserved for black tie, white tablecloth affairs. Pure indulgence, right?

Right… except that they’re actually quite affordable if you make them yourself and they take – for real – a few minutes to prepare.

seared scallops

Now, you could always just sear them off with salt and pepper and call it a day. Delicious! But you could also take an extra minute to salvage all that browned goodness in the pan and create a nice sauce. Let’s do it!

blood orange

When it comes to seafood, citrus is always a safe bet. And since it’s winter and I’ve been stockpiling blood oranges like it’s the end of the world, I decided to make a small dent in the pile.

blood oranges

I mean just look at them! They’re almost too pretty to eat!


miso blood orange sauce

I combined the tart, berry-like blood orange juice with some red miso paste for the sauce. If you don’t have red miso paste (or white or yellow, for that matter) it’s a product I’d highly recommend adding to your regular rotation. The red variety has a much stronger, saltier flavor than its white and yellow counterparts, but they all have an interesting, earthy, umami-packed flavor profile that will spice up a wide range of dishes.

I’ve used miso paste in dressings, marinades, soups, sauces… and there are probably a million other ways to use it that I haven’t even considered yet!

Miso Blood Orange Scallops

So the moral of today’s story is: make scallops at home, and keep your fridge stocked with miso paste! I see now that’s actually two things. But of course if you combine them in this recipe and enjoy a nice dinner at home with little effort or expense, you just might forgive me.


Miso Blood Orange Scallops




  • 1/2 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • 1/4 cup blood orange juice (from 1 medium orange)
  • 2 tablespoons red miso paste
  • 1/2 lb dry sea scallops
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh parsley


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the blood orange zest, juice, and miso paste. Set aside. Warm a large pan over medium-high heat. No seriously, let it get really hot. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel and season very lightly with salt and pepper. Add the oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan; swirl to melt the butter. Add the scallops and thyme, being sure not to crowd the scallops, and let them get a good sear on the first side (2-3 minutes).
  2. When the scallops are well browned, flip them over. If you're feeling fancy, tilt the pan slightly and use a spoon to hit each scallop a few times with the fat in the pan. When the scallops are browned on the second side and almost cooked through, transfer them to a plate.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium and add the shallots to the pan. Cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the miso blood orange mixture to the pan, and whisk to combine. Simmer for about 30 seconds, then turn off the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 teaspoon of butter and the parsley. Spoon the sauce over the scallops and serve.


Posted in: Condiments, Fruit, Mains, One-Pot Dish, Quick & Easy, Seafood, Winter

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5 Responses to “Miso Blood Orange Scallops”

  1. These are SO gorgeous! I love scallops. And this miso blood orange situation needs to happen!

  2. Laurie D Siegmund says:

    As much as I appreciate everyones opinions….I want to know who actually made this recipe.


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