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Scallops and Old Fashioned Sauce

Scallops in an Old Fashioned Sauce

Perfectly seared sea scallops served with a rich and decadent sauce made of cherries, orange zest and some Buffalo Trace bourbon whiskey.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Seafood
Servings 2


  • Cast iron skillet
  • Cast iron griddle
  • Grill preheated to 400°
  • Lighter or match


  • 6 large sea scallops defrosted if previously frozen
  • ¼ cup shallots finely minced
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 3 slices bacon cooked crisp and chopped
  • ½ cup fresh Bing cherries halved and pits removed
  • 2 tbsp sour cherry jam
  • 1 tsp angostura bitters
  • 2 tsp smoked simple syrup
  • zest of one orange
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 shots Buffalo Trace bourbon whiskey


  • Preheat cast iron griddle in grill or on stove until screaming hot.
  • In a small skillet, saute butter and shallots until softened.
  • Stir in cherry jam, bitters, simple syrup and chicken broth. Bring to a rolling boil and allow to condense slightly. Turn down heat to low and set aside.
  • Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Season with salt. When ready to cook, swirl a bit of butter on the griddle and place scallops on buttered pan. Allow to sear without touching or moving for about 1-2 minutes. Flip and repeat with other side.
  • Remove scallops to a plate and keep warm.
  • Bring sauce back to a boil, stir in cherries, bacon and orange zest and stir to combine. Then add whiskey and light liquor with a lighter or match. Allow to cook until the flame burns out. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour sauce in the bottom of a serving bowl, and place scallops on top of sauce. Garnish with more orange peel and serve with a perfect Old Fashioned cocktail.
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