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Seared Atlantic Calico Scallops with Citrus Dill Butter and Spinach Couscous
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Seared Atlantic Calico Scallops with Citrus Dill Butter and Spinach Couscous

Dressed in a silky butter sauce – the perfect balance of bright, tangy citrus and cooling dill - this dish brings firm, sustainably caught Atlantic Calico Scallops to the table in roughly 30 minutes. Serve over a savory bed of spinach and tomato couscous to complete the meal.
  • 10m

    prep time

  • 20m

    Cook Time

  • 556


  • 15



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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic, divided
  • 2 cups chopped baby spinach
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 box (10 ounces) plain couscous
  • 1 pound Atlantic Calico Scallops
  • Salt and pepper, (optional)
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Dill Weed
  • 1/2 cup fresh mandarin orange segments


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in 2-quart saucepan on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the garlic; cook and stir 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in spinach and tomatoes; cook just until spinach is wilted. Add water and bring to a boil. Add couscous, stirring to mix well. Cover saucepan and remove from heat. Set aside.

  • Meanwhile, pat scallops dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet on medium-high heat until shimmering. Carefully place scallops in pan. Cook without stirring 2 to 3 minutes until browned on bottom. Flip scallops and cook 2 minutes longer or just until cooked through. Remove scallops from pan and keep warm.

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in same skillet on medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes or until softened. Add remaining 2 teaspoons garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in wine, heavy cream, lemon juice and dill. Simmer until mixture is reduced to one-fourth of the original amount (to about 1/3 cup), about 5 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low; whisk in remaining butter, one piece at a time, until well blended and sauce is creamy. Gently stir in mandarin orange segments and cook just until heated through. Spoon Citrus Dill Butter Sauce over scallops and serve with Spinach and Tomato Couscous.

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