Savor the Flavor: Citrus Scented Scallops with Pomegranate Grains

Imagine a symphony of flavors where the tangy zest of citrus marries the delicate, sweet taste of scallops, all brought together by the unexpected crunch of pomegranate grains. Welcome to the world of Citrus Scented Scallops with Pomegranate Grains, a recipe that weaves together unique flavors and textures to create a culinary experience unlike any other.

Citrus Scented Scallops with Pomegranate Grains Recipe

Seared Scallops with Pomegranate and Meyer Lemon Recipe

Citrus scented scallops with pomegranate grains

Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 1523 kcal


  • 1 pan
  • 1 serving dish


  • 8 scallops
  • 1 leek
  • 2 oranges and 1 lemon Bio
  • 1 carrot
  • Some coriander seeds
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • A table spoon of pomegranate grains for each scallop
  • Salt and pepper


  • Clean the scallops, wash very carefully and marinate them for 3 hours in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, the juice of an orange (you may need two, depending on how much juice they have) and a lemon, some coriander seeds, pepper. Cover and keep cool, turning often.
  • When they have marinated enough, drain them, separate the corals and steam them for 3-4 minutes, add the corals for two minutes. Clean carrots and leeks, finely slice them, sauté in a pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, then pour 1 glass of water and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Arrange the shells on a serving dish, lay the scallops, vegetables and a few pomegranate grains on top. Season with a vinagrette made with 6 tablespoons of oil, 1 of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper (or pour a little balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on each shell with a teaspoon, add salt and pepper).
  • Use rocket leaves or some radicchio salad leaves and a few more pomegranate grains to garnish the dish.


Keyword scallops

About Citrus Scented Scallops with Pomegranate Grains

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This recipe leverages the natural sweetness of scallops, enhancing it with a hint of citrus aroma, and then juxtaposing it against the tart, crunchy pomegranate grains. The result is a dish that’s not only visually stunning but also an explosion of contrasting yet harmonious flavors.

Cooking Tips

  • When cooking scallops, it’s crucial to pat them dry before searing to achieve a golden-brown crust.
  • Use fresh citrus fruits for the zest, as dried or pre-packaged zest can compromise the flavor.
  • To extract maximum juice from citrus fruits, roll them on a hard surface before squeezing.
  • Pomegranate grains are best when they’re ripe and juicy. Choose a fruit that feels heavy for its size.
  • Don’t rush the cooking process. Slow, careful cooking will help retain the scallops’ moisture and enhance their flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Citrus Seared Scallops

  • Paired with a light, crisp white wine, this dish becomes a sophisticated entrée for dinner parties.
  • Serve atop a bed of arugula for a refreshing salad.
  • For a hearty meal, offer with quinoa or couscous on the side.
  • As a festive holiday appetizer, present the scallops on individual spoons, garnished with the pomegranate grains.
  • Serve alongside grilled vegetables for a healthy, balanced meal.


  • Can I use frozen scallops? While fresh scallops are ideal, you can substitute with frozen. Thaw them properly and pat dry before cooking.
  • Can I replace pomegranate grains with something else? Yes, you can substitute with cranberries or tart cherries if pomegranate is not available.
  • What kind of citrus fruit works best? While any citrus would work, we recommend a balance of lemon and orange for the best flavor profile.
  • How do I know when the scallops are cooked? Scallops turn opaque and firm to the touch when done. Be careful not to overcook as they can become rubbery.
  • How long can I keep the dish after cooking? Ideally, consume immediately. However, it can be refrigerated for up to two days.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or looking for a unique dish to add to your culinary repertoire, Citrus Scented Scallops with Pomegranate Grains is a recipe that promises to impress. Its interplay of flavors and textures will make every bite a delightful surprise. Dive in and experience a culinary journey like no other.

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