Wrapping the scallops and vegetables in a “purse” of parchment paper means they steam together in the fragrant Asian-inspired sauce. To keep the butcher’s twine from burning in the oven, soak it in water for about 15 minutes before tying the bundles. Serve with brown rice or quinoa.
2 tsp toasted sesame oil (NOTE: Toasted sesame oil is also referred to as Asian sesame oil.)
1½ tsp rice wine (NOTE: This is also known as Chinese cooking wine or Shaoxing. You can substitute with sake.)
1 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 lb bay scallops, patted dry
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 2), white and green parts
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 425°F. Soak 4 5-inch pieces of butcher’s twine in water.
Cut 4 15-inch-long pieces of parchment paper. Mound one-quarter each of the snow peas and carrot in center of each piece of parchment. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together miso paste, ginger, orange zest, orange juice, sesame oil, rice wine and soy sauce. Add scallops and toss gently to coat. Spoon one-quarter of the scallop mixture onto each mound of snow pea mixture. Sprinkle with green onions, sesame seeds and pepper.
Gather up all 4 edges of 1 of the parchment paper pieces to make a packet and tie with 1 piece of soaked butcher’s twine to secure. Repeat with remaining parchment paper and butcher’s twine. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until scallops are opaque throughout and vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
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