Pan-Seared Scallops & Caper Butter with Red Rice & Fresh Orange Salsa
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Pan-Seared Scallops & Caper Butter

with Red Rice & Fresh Orange Salsa

40 MIN
+$7.50/serving 4 Servings
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TECHNIQUE TO HIGHLIGHT
You’ll combine butter and capers to spoon over (or baste) the scallops as they sear—an easy way to imbue them with rich, briny flavor.

Ingredient in focus
Although they resemble regular oranges on the outside, Cara Cara oranges are a special variety prized for their gorgeous reddish-pink flesh and incredibly sweet flavor.
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Pan-Seared Scallops & Caper Butter with Red Rice & Fresh Orange Salsa
Title
  • 20 oz Sea Scallops
  • 1 cup Red Rice Blend
  • 1 Cara Cara Orange
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 1 oz Pickled Goathorn Peppers
  • 2 Tbsps Roasted Pistachios
  • 4 Tbsps Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 1 Tbsp Verjus Blanc
  • 1 oz Castelvetrano Olives
  • 4 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
  • ⅓ cup Salsa Verde
  • 2 Red, Yellow, Or Orange Bell Peppers
Cook the rice
1 Cook the rice

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the rice. Cook, uncovered, 30 to 32 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Prepare & roast the vegetables
2 Prepare & roast the vegetables

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Line a sheet pan with foil. Cut out and discard the core of the cauliflower; cut into small florets. Cut off and discard the stems of the bell peppers; quarter lengthwise, then remove the ribs and seeds. Transfer the cauliflower florets and quartered bell peppers to the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and arrange in an even layer. Roast 22 to 24 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Prepare the remaining ingredients & make the orange topping
3 Prepare the remaining ingredients & make the orange topping

Meanwhile, peel and medium dice the orange. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Pit and roughly chop the olives. Roughly chop the pickled peppers. In a bowl, combine the diced orange, chopped parsley, chopped olives, chopped pickled peppers, verjus, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roughly chop the pistachios. Pick the mint leaves off the stems.

Cook & baste the scallops
4 Cook & baste the scallops

Pat the scallops dry with paper towels. Using your hands, remove and discard the tough side muscle from each scallop. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned scallops in an even layer. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip the scallops; add the butter and capers. Cook, constantly spooning the mixture over the scallops, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

Finish the rice & serve your dish
5 Finish the rice & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked rice, add the roasted vegetables, crème fraîche, and salsa verde; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished rice topped with the cooked scallops (including any caper butter from the pan) and orange salsa (including the liquid). Garnish with the chopped pistachios and mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the rice
1 Cook the rice

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the rice. Cook, uncovered, 30 to 32 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

2 Prepare & roast the vegetables

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Line a sheet pan with foil. Cut out and discard the core of the cauliflower; cut into small florets. Cut off and discard the stems of the bell peppers; quarter lengthwise, then remove the ribs and seeds. Transfer the cauliflower florets and quartered bell peppers to the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and arrange in an even layer. Roast 22 to 24 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Prepare & roast the vegetables
Prepare the remaining ingredients & make the orange topping
3 Prepare the remaining ingredients & make the orange topping

Meanwhile, peel and medium dice the orange. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Pit and roughly chop the olives. Roughly chop the pickled peppers. In a bowl, combine the diced orange, chopped parsley, chopped olives, chopped pickled peppers, verjus, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roughly chop the pistachios. Pick the mint leaves off the stems.

4 Cook & baste the scallops

Pat the scallops dry with paper towels. Using your hands, remove and discard the tough side muscle from each scallop. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned scallops in an even layer. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip the scallops; add the butter and capers. Cook, constantly spooning the mixture over the scallops, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

Cook & baste the scallops
Finish the rice & serve your dish
5 Finish the rice & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked rice, add the roasted vegetables, crème fraîche, and salsa verde; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished rice topped with the cooked scallops (including any caper butter from the pan) and orange salsa (including the liquid). Garnish with the chopped pistachios and mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy!

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