Scallops With Red Grapefruit

Photo: Yunhee Kim

Red grapefruit, which owes its blush to lycopene, makes a tangy platform for seared scallops; the shellfish are low in saturated fat andcholesterol. Return to theHealthy Lycopene Menu


  • 2 red grapefruits

  • ½ teaspoon honey

  • ¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 piece (½ inch) peeled fresh ginger

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound sea scallops, tough muscles removed, scallops halved horizontally

  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 cup arugula sprouts

  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Remove peel and pith from each grapefruit. Holding over a bowl, carve out flesh between the membranes, letting segments drop into the bowl (you should have about 2 cups segments). Squeeze membranes over bowl. Strain juice into a measuring cup. Transfer 1/2 cup juice to a saucepan; discard remaining juice.

  2. Make the dressing: Add honey, lemon juice, and ginger to pan with juice. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Discard ginger. Gradually whisk in 1 tablespoon oil until emulsified.

  3. Lay scallops, cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet; season tops with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops, seasoned side down; cook until edges are browned, about 4 minutes. Flip, and cook 30 seconds more. Set aside.

  4. Toss arugula sprouts with 1 tablespoon dressing in a small bowl; set aside.

  5. To serve, divide grapefruit segments among 4 serving plates. Top each with sprouts and seared scallops, dividing evenly. Drizzle each plate with 1 tablespoon dressing, and season with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and the pepper.

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