The Aphrodisiac of Scallops

Most of us associate “aphrodisiac” with oysters but did you know legend has it the goddess Aphrodite was carried to earth on the shell of a scallop? Well, thanks to this very high profile job of one lowly bivalve, scallops have enjoyed an aphrodisiac reputation since the time of ancient Greece {Amy Reiley, Eat Something Sexy}.

How fitting for your Valentine’s Dinner for two?  Today I’m sharing an easy & delicious recipe for two:  Orange Soy Glazed Scallops



10 fresh scallops, washed & patted dry
Juice from 1/2 orange & zest
5ml orange juice concentrate
100ml sugar
35ml water
25ml red wine
15 ml soy sauce
5ml rice vinegar
1 tbs of canola or vegetable oil
Green onions for garnish
Sea Salt


  1. Run the scallops under some cool water and then pat dry with a paper towel. Season them with a little sea salt.
  2. Zest the orange and then finely chop the zest. Squeeze the juice and remove the seeds.
  3. Combine the zest, concentrate and fresh juice with soy sauce and rice vinegar. Set aside.
  4. In a small, heavy-based pot, stir the water and sugar together. Bring to a boil and continue to cook until the sugar caramelizes. You will have to gradually turn the heat down as you cook. This process will take about 15 minutes.
  5. Every 3 minutes or so, dip a pastry brush in cool water and brush the insides of the pot. This helps to stop the sugar from hardening up the sides.
  6. Cook the mixture until just before burning point. You will see a little smoke. Remove pot from heat immediately. Place a sieve over the pot and pour the red wine into the caramel. Let it cool and add the zest, concentrate, fresh juice, soy sauce and vinegar. Stir to combine and then set aside.
  7. Heat the oil in a fry-pan over a medium-high heat until the oil starts to swirl and smoke very slightly. The pan has to be really hot to sear the scallops.
  8. Add the scallops and fry for 40 seconds on each side just once. Don’t turn them multiple times.
  9. Place the scallops on a serving plate and then spoon on the orange soy sauce. Garnish with thin slivers of green onion.


Today there is evidence that scallops’ aphrodisiac classification may be more than folkloric mystique. Like other bivalves (mussels, oysters and clams), scallops were featured in a 2005 study that indicated that these little fruits of the sea just may hold the potential for raising sexual hormone levels in both men and women {Amy Reiley, Eat Something Sexy}.

A matching richness of Chardonnay wine would pair perfectly with this meal.  Until next time….


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