Five-Spice Scallops

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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound large dry sea scallops, quartered (see Note)

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder (see Note)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat broiler.

  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.


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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

71 Calories
3g Fat
2g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 175mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 173mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.