Sweet Orange Scallops over Onion Orzo

I’ve never had fennel before and no one has ever told me how they taste like. I also never had artichoke either. I also never cooked with orzo either so this dish has a couple of firsts for me!

[100% organic & wild scallops from Canada]

For the Onion Orzo

  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • ¼ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 TBS salt
  • ¼ cup orzo
  • A pinch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 TBS strong cheese, grated

In a pot, boil salted water. Add the orzo to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Strain the orzo. Caramelize the onions. Mix the onions, orzo, parsley and cheese. Add more cheese to adjust to your taste.

*Adapted from Chef A La Porte.

For the Sweet Orange Scallops

  • 1 small bulb fennel, finely chopped
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 colossal scallops
  • Salt & pepper

Finely dice the fennel and red onion. In a pan, cook the shallots and onions with 1 tsp oil for 5 minutes. After they are somewhat transparent, add in zest of the orange, the juice of the orange, sugar, salt, and fennel seeds. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5-10 more minutes until soft and sweet. Remove from heat and set aside.

Clean your scallops and pat dry. Salt and pepper the scallops on both sides. In a very hot pan with a little oil, sauté the scallops for about 2 minutes per side.


Top the scallops with the minced onion-shallot-citrus mixture over the orzo.

*Adapted from Chef A La Porte.


One thought on “Sweet Orange Scallops over Onion Orzo

  1. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe, thank you for the reference. If you make it again i recommend you try the fennel it has a mild sweet flavor when cooked.

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