Scallops with Orange-Hazelnut Brown Butter

By Marge Perry & David Bonom
Sweet and subtle scallops deserve a fresh, nutty sauce with a delicate balance of bright citrus and rich butter.
  • Course: Entrée


  • chopped hazelnuts
  • garlic cloves
  • grated fresh orange zest
  • ground black pepper
  • Orange Juice
  • Salt
  • Sea scallops
  • thinly sliced prosciutto
  • unsalted butter


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3-3 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and reserve.
  2. Increase the heat under the skillet to medium-high and melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Season the scallops with the salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook the scallops, until lightly browned and nearly cooked through, 2 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer scallops to a plate and reserve. Add the hazelnuts, garlic and orange zest to the skillet and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium and add the orange juice and cook until slightly thickened, about 45 seconds. Swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter until melted. Add the scallops and any accumulated juices, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the prosciutto.