Sea Scallops with Saffron Aioli

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) saffron threads
  • 1/2 cup best-quality mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 to 16 large sea scallops
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
Directions

Put the orange juice and saffron in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 1 minute, until orange juice is infused with the saffron; stir in the zest and remove from the heat to cool slightly. Whisk the orange mixture and the mayonnaise in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and set aside while you cook the scallops.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel and season well with salt and pepper. When the oil is rippling, add the scallops and sear, turning once, until golden brown but still opaque in the center, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the scallops from the skillet to serving dishes, (3 to 4 per person), and drizzle with the aioli. Serve immediately.


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