Seared Scallop Salad With Ponzu Sauce

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READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Manami

The Japanese use ponzu sauce as a dipping sauce for raw fish, but it also works well in this recipe. Ponzu is traditionally made with Japanese lemons (yuzu), sometimes available in the US, but limes may be substituted. Store ponzu sauce, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a year, the flavor improves with age! We didn't use the fennel seeds personal preference & it turned out great without it! ;) Found in Saveur Magazne, Issue # 45.

Ingredients Nutrition


  • 12 cup bonito flakes
  • 5 tablespoons fish stock
  • 14 cup fresh lime juice
  • 14 cup soy sauce
  • 1 12 teaspoons mirin (Japanese rice wine)

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • kernels from 3 ears corn
  • 6 ounces baby tatsoi or 6 ounces Baby Spinach
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds
  • 14 bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • 16 sea scallops
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, toasted & ground with a mortar and pestle (didn't use)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  2. Put bonito flakes, stock, lime juice, soy sauce, and mirin in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then strain sauce, discarding solids, and set aside.
  4. THE SALAD:.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoons of the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add corn, and sauté until lightly golden, about 5 minutes, then transfer to a large bowl.
  7. Add tatsoi, scallions, and cilantro leaves to the bowl, and toss with 8 tablespoons of the reserved ponzu sauce.
  8. Divide salad among four plates.
  9. Pat scallops dry with paper towels, then rub with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and season with ground fennel and salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Heat the same medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  11. Add scallops, and sear (working in two batches, if necessary, to avoid crowding the skillet) until lightly browned, about 1 1⁄2 minutes per side.
  12. Arrange scallops around salad, 4 per plate, then drizzle salad with remaining ponzu sauce.

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