Soy Citrus Scallops with Soba Noodles Recipe

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Are you looking to treat your loved one to a fancy dinner for two? Skip the restaurant reservations and make your own gourmet food at home. Our scallops recipe with soba noodles is a dish that’s restaurant-worthy! It’s packed with layers of flavoring that will have your friends wanting seconds. After all, our servings are for groups, so you can absolutely indulge them with another plate.

Scallops can be intimidating to cook, as you would not want them overcooked or under. But fret not our recipe comes with detailed instructions on how to get the best out of your lavish shellfish! We marinated the scallops in the richest flavors of chili, soy sauce, and honey. They are then sauteed to coat your scallops for an impeccable taste, then tossed with the soba noodles. But it’s not over yet, because our steamed peas vinaigrette will add a lip-smacking kick. Finally, glaze this unique vinaigrette on top to complete the dish. It sounds like it came out of a gourmet restaurant, doesn’t it? Yet, it’s simple to make, and will likely cost you less, too. That’s a win in our books!

Now we know seafood dishes can taste, well, a bit fishy. So to cleanse your palate (and to get a second plate of those noodles), toss in our Golden Gate Coleslaw to your meal. The acidity will help reset your taste buds for the next round of noodles. Not to mention, it’ll bring some brightness to your main course as well.

Serve it warm with our tangy vinaigrette for a dinner to remember! Have a look at our scallops recipe, and give it a go tonight.

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How To Make Soy Citrus Scallops with Soba Noodles

An indulgent plate of soba noodles topped with marinated scallops and a sharp vinaigrette. Impress a crowd with this gourmet dish!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
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  • 3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, ground and bottled
  • ¼ tsp chili garlic sauce , e.g. Lee Kum Kee
  • 1 tbsp dark sesame oil, divided
  • 1 lb sea scallops
  • 4 cups soba noodles, hot and cooked
  • tsp salt
  • ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced

Steamed Peas Vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 ½ tsp mirin
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • tsp kosher salt


  1. Combine the soy sauce, orange juice, rice vinegar, honey, ginger, chili garlic sauce, and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a shallow baking dish. After that, add the scallops to the dish in a single layer.

  2. Marinate the scallops for 4 minutes on each side. After that, heat the remaining sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  3. Remove the scallops from the baking dish but reserve the marinade. Add the scallops to the pan and sauté them for 1 minute on each side.

  4. After sautéing them, remove the scallops from the pan and keep warm. Pour the remaining marinade into the pan and bring it to a boil. Return the scallops to the pan and cook them for 1 minute.

  5. Toss the noodles with the salt and green onions.

  6. Place 1 cup each of the noodle mixtures onto 4 plates. Top each plate with about 3 scallops and drizzle it with a tablespoon of the cooked marinade sauce. Once done, serve and enjoy!

Steamed Peas Vinaigrette:

  1. Steam the snow peas and sugar snap peas. Cover it for 3 minutes or until they become crisp and tender.

  2. Combine the peas with the radishes. At the same time, combine the rice vinegar, soy sauce, canola oil, mirin, black pepper, and kosher salt. Stir the ingredients with a whisk and pour the mixture over the peas mixture. Toss to coat, then serve with your noodles!

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Commonly Asked Questions

How do I pre-cook my soba noodles?

Soba noodles are quite delicate Japanese pastas with earthy and nutty flavors. Therefore, they will only take a moment to cook. In a pot of salted, boiling water, toss in four cups of soba noodles. Let them boil for five minutes before immediately taking them out to drain. Proceed with the recipe using your cooked soba noodles.

Can I use frozen scallops for this scallops recipe?

Yes you can! To thaw, place your sea scallops inside a resealable bag and place it in a bowl under cool running water. Let it thaw for about 30 minutes to defrost. But if you have the time, defrost your scallops overnight in the refrigerator before cooking. They should be taken out of the package, then assembled in a large bowl and covered with a plastic wrap. Remember to always check and follow the package instructions for thawing and cooking your scallops since they sometimes differ according to the brand.



Skip your usual spaghetti and try out our scallops recipe with soba noodles! The nutty flavor from the soba will add a new depth to your seasoned scallops. Top it off with our steamed peas vinaigrette to give it some zing.

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