Seared Scallops with Mandarins and Borneo N.26

Scallops are sustainable, healthy, and most important, delicious. This recipe is ready in moments and makes use of in-season mandarins and our complex and floral borneo blend. Perfect on their own or over simple butter pasta. Great with a lightly dressed arugula salad.

Borneo N.26 – recipe adapted from The Spice Companion

Serves 2


3/4 pound large dry scallops (4 to 6 per person, ask your fishmonger for dry scallops)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon Borneo N.26
coarse salt and pepper
3 seedless mandarin oranges, halved


1. Pat scallops dry with paper towels and sprinkle both sides with salt, pepper, and the Borneo spice blend.

2. Heat oil over high heat in a large stainless or non-stick skillet until it just begins to smoke.

3. Gently add the scallops in a single layer, ensuring they aren’t touching each other.

4. Sear until browned (1.5-2 minutes), then add the butter, flip the scallops using tongs or a spatula, and baste the scallops with the butter oil mixture using a spoon until they are fully set (an additional 60-90 seconds). Do not overcook or they will be tough, err on the side of underdone. Remove cooked scallops to a warm plate.

5. Place the cut halves of the mandarins face-down in the pan and sear for 2-3 minutes or until lightly charred, remove to a plate and deglaze the pan with the juice of one of the halves.

6. Serve scallops with 2 mandarin halves on each plate, some of the pan sauce, and salt to taste.