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Five-Spice Scallops

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Total Time: 20 mins

Five-Spice Scallops

You could also serve the scallops over Asian salad greens dressed with sesame oil and rice vinegar for a simple dinner.


  • 1 pound large dry sea scallops, quartered (see Note)
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder, (see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Step 1
Preheat broiler.
Step 2
Toss scallops with oil, five-spice powder and salt. Broil on a baking sheet until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with toothpicks.


Notes: We prefer "dry" sea scallops (not treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, or STP). Scallops treated with STP ("wet" scallops) are mushy, less flavorful and will not brown properly.


Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.

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