Seared Scallops with Orange-Jalapeño Slaw

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Quick-cooking scallops are the ultimate weeknight dinner, but the true star of this simple meal is bright and fresh citrus. While citrus is readily available year-round, December through March is peak citrus season.



  1. Put the scallops on a paper towel–lined plate and pat dry with more paper towels. Transfer to a medium bowl and add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander; season with salt and pepper. Toss well.
  2. Using a sharp paring knife, slice the skin off the oranges. Working over a bowl to catch the juice, slice between the membranes of the oranges and remove the segments. Transfer the orange segments to a large bowl.
  3. Make the dressing: Add 1 tablespoon of the orange juice to a small bowl along with the lime juice, fish sauce, remaining 1 teaspoon coriander, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and set aside. Add the cabbage, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño and peanuts to the large bowl with the oranges and set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallops in an even layer. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
  5. Flip the scallops and cook until opaque, about 2 more minutes.
  6. Add the dressing to the cabbage-orange slaw and toss well to coat; season with salt and pepper. Divide the slaw among plates and top with the scallops.