Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus Slaw

A beautiful, crunchy, citrus, cabbage slaw pairs perfectly with golden, spicy, pan seared scallops!

Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus SlawLets talk television. True Blood specifically. Spoiler alerts ahead!!! What did you think of the season finale? At the ‘six months later’ part, I started wondering if this was perhaps the series finale..but then like all True Blood finales, they left us with another suspenseful scene. My favorite part? Alcide and Sookie. THANK THE FREAKIN’ LORD. The sexual tension between those two the last few season has been unbearable for me. When my husband saw Alcide enter the room and pick her up, he started flippin’ out and grabbing me… I have been verbally, loudly expressing how bad I want those two together. I am ecstatic, to say the least! (He’s the sexiest man on there!) Basically when Bill told her at the end that she “needed a vampire”, I threw my bowl of ice cream at the tv. I wish I was joking. I get way into it. Bill should just die a long, painful, true death…or what he did to the Doctor in the facility..that was pretty sweet…like the modern day version of curb stomping…but face stomping. ew. But it was cool. I’m sick, yes. All in all though, wasn’t that great of a finale.

Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus SlawWhile we’re on the subject of TV.  Homeland. We’re finally starting Season 2, after a two week hiatus of finishing Season 1. I’m really stoked about it. I’m, surprisingly, reallllly loving this show. Once again, I feel like its real life. I freak out. But isn’t that kind of the point of television? Drama specifically?

Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus SlawAlso..moving to Missouri, where there will be nothin’ around, where my husband will be studying his life away every night, will give me LOTS of “quality” time to watch some wonderful “estrogen” shows, as my hubs calls them..so tell me, what’s your most favorite show, that you would highly recommend? Hit me with everything you’ve got, because since my kids have been born and I can’t leave at night anymore, I’ve become a lame, TV junkie. So far, Ive been told Scandal, Orange is the New Black, and The Good Wife. What do you all think of those? yay? nay? What elseeee? (I sound desperate. I am.)

Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus SlawOk, What you’re really here for. Foooooooood. Scallops, for me, they’re a hit or miss. Sometimes they’re great, sometimes, not so much. These suckers are incredible. But I warn you, super spicy. If you’re not into a lot of heat, tone down the cayenne. Promise, they’re just as good. The citrus slaw…ohmygod. Its awesome. I was eating it out of the bowl, randomly throughout the day. So much flavor.

Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus SlawThe spicy scallops though, paired with the cool, refreshing, crunchy slaw, is purrrrfect. It’s like hot and soft meet tart, sweet, and crunchy..it just works. Really well. It takes hardly anytime to make this, and could be considered fancy if you wanted it too. Would be great individual appetizers for fancy dinner parties, you know, if you do that sort of thang. We just got gorgeous fancy china for our wedding, so I can’t wait to host a dinner party..until then. Do it for me. Make these, then tell me about it. 😉

Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus Slaw

Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus Slaw

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: PT1Hincluding marinatingM

Spicy Pan Seared Scallops over a Red Cabbage Citrus Slaw

A beautiful, crunchy, citrus, cabbage slaw pairs perfectly with soft, spicy, pan seared scallops!

Ingredients

    For the Citrus Slaw
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, shredded
  • For the Scallops
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 pound large scallops

Directions

  1. To make the slaw, in a blender, combine the orange and lime juice, onion, garlic, cilantro, honey, and oil. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the vinaigrette over the shredded cabbage, season with salt and pepper, and toss to fully coat. Allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 30-60 minutes. Tossing Occasionally.
  3. For the Scallops, in a medium sized bowl, whisk together the cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and oil. Toss in the scallops and fully coat.
  4. Heat a large skillet on high heat. Add the scallops, leaving space between them. Cook 1 1/2-2 minutes on each side, flipping only once. There should be a 1/4 inch golden crust on each side.
  5. Serve the scallops over the citrus slaw and enjoy!

Cabbage Slaw adapted From: Bobby Flay

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