Griddled scallops with oriental dressing

This elegant recipe by The Cookery School at Little Portland Street would make a gorgeous dinner party starter and it only takes 20 minutes to make. Use the freshest ingredients you can find for best results.

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories                      264kcals
  • Fat                               17.8g (2.8g saturated)
  • Protein                        19.2g
  • Carbohydrates           6.2g (5.6g sugars)
  • Fibre                            1.1g
  • Salt                              0.6g


  • 6 fresh sustainable scallops, shelled
  • Toasted sesame oil for drizzling
  • 2 handfuls salad leaves to serve
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted in a dry frying pan

For the oriental dressing

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1.5cm piece ginger, grated
  • ½ tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tbsp teriyaki sauce
  •  Squeeze orange juice
  • 1 tsp apple concentrate


  1. 01.For the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until thickened, then set aside.
  2. 02.Clean the scallops by slicing off any muscle fibres (discard) and the orange and white roes, if you want. Pat the scallops dry with kitchen paper, then lightly drizzle with the sesame oil.
  3. 03.Heat a ridged griddle pan (or frying pan) until smoking hot, add the scallops and cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to turn golden brown on one side. Turn (in the same order as you added them to the pan) and cook for another 2-3 minutes. They should be lightly golden on top and still feel quite springy when touched. Don’t overcrowd the pan or the scallops will steam. Transfer to a plate and season with salt and pepper.
  4. 04.Toss the salad leaves in a small bowl with a little of the oriental dressing, then divide between 2 plates. Arrange the scallops on top, drizzle with more dressing and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

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