Pistachio-Orange Crusted Scallops

  • Yield: 2 servings


-- Scallops
4large scallops
1/2cup pistachios, shelled, peeled and chopped
1teaspoon chopped orange zest
1teaspoon softened butter
-- Salt and pepper
1tablespoon olive oil
1-- orange, juiced
1 1/2teaspoons chopped fresh chervil
1tablespoon light olive oil
1teaspoon chopped shallots
sprig chervil for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. In a bowl, combine pistachios, orange zest, butter, salt and pepper until it forms a paste.
  3. In an oven-proof skillet heat oil. Season scallops with salt and pepper and place in the skillet and sear until golden on one side. Then turn the scallops over and top the seared side with a mound of the nut paste. Place in the hot oven.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the vinaigrette. Squeeze juice from the orange into a small bowl and mix in oil, shallots, chervil, salt and pepper.
  5. Remove scallops from the oven, place on a serving plate and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Garnish with chervil sprigs