Seared scallops with red wine and orange sauce

  • Preparation 15 min
  • Cooking 20 min
  • Servings 4 to 6
  • Freezing I do not suggest


Ingredients for the sauce

  • 1 cup of good quality red wine
  • 100 ml orange juice without pulp
  • 50 ml beef broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon five spices
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Ingredients for the scallops

  • 12 large scallops, well sponged
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh thyme for decorating
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Ingredients for the mulled wine

  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 nutmeg, broken into a few pieces
  • 750 ml of Piqueras Black Label red wine
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Orange wedges to decorate



  • In a saucepan heated over medium-high heat, add red wine, orange juice and beef broth. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  • Reduce to medium heat then add brown sugar, five spices and balsamic vinegar then mix. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Add the butter and cook for 1 minute, stirring to melt. The sauce should be thick enough to coat a wooden spoon. Add a little red wine if it thickens too much. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • In a non-stick frying pan heated over medium-high heat, melt the butter, add the olive oil and mix. Place half of the scallops and cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Flip and continue cooking for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining scallops. Serve with a dash of sauce and garnish with fresh thyme!
  • For the mulled wine : in a saucepan over medium-low heat, add the spices and toast for 1 to 2 minutes to bring out the flavours.
  • Reduce to minimum heat and add the wine, orange juice and brown sugar then mix. Infuse for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The mixture must not boil! Filter and serve hot or warm. Taste and adjust the sugar level to taste.