Pan Seared Scallops with Warm Asparagus, Kale and Tangerine Salad

Pan Seared Scallops with Warm Asparagus, Kale and Tangerine Salad - when scallops cook up in a flash, dinner can be served in no time with this easy recipe.
Pan Seared Scallops in a white dish over a bed of kale, asparagus, and fresh slices of tangerine.
Print This Pin This
5 from 2 votes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Pescetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 288kcal
Author Liren Baker


For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the scallops

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 scallops
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 1 small bunch asparagus cut in about 3 inch pieces
  • 6 cups baby kale
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tangerines peeled and cut into segments
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Make the dressing

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Cook the scallops

  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Working in batches, lightly season the scallops with salt and pepper, and sear for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Flip the scallops and cook for about 2-3 minutes more, until the other side is also golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Make the salad

  • Bring about an inch of water to a boil in a deep-sided skillet or saute pan. When the water is bubbling, salt the water, then drop the asparagus and cook the asparagus for about 2 minutes, or until bright green. Strain the asparagus in a sieve, running it under cold running water. Set aside.
  • Return the skillet to the stove and heat it over medium heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and drop in the kale and red onion. Stir the greens and cook for about 1-2 minutes, then add the asparagus and about 2 tablespoons of the dressing.
  • Transfer the asparagus and kale into 4 bowls. Top with scallops, tangerine segments and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Serve with additional dressing.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 1301mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10401IU | Vitamin C: 141mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 2mg
Did you make this recipe?I'd love to see! Tag @kitchconfidante on Instagram and hashtag it #kitchenconfidante