Lemongrass Scallops and a Nakano Giveaway

We eat quite a bit of food with a Southeast Asian flare around here. Sometimes I make it; other times I seek it out and purchase it, but either way, we’re no stranger to the flavors or the fantastic smells that cooking with rice wines and vinegars, teeny, tiny chili peppers or lemongrass and ginger bring.

I was recently asked to try out Nakano’s Seasoned Rice Vinegar and to give a lucky reader the chance to do the same. I agreed, seeing that Nakano’s Natural Rice Vinegar was hanging out in my cupboard already. It seemed like a great opportunity to try what else they had to offer, and I decided to give the Red Pepper variety a spin along with some delicious scallops and a bit of lemongrass. Start by chooping up your lemongrass, ginger and peppers (wear gloves to protect yourself from the long-lasting burning that can come from chopping hot peppers).

Start by chopping up a bit of lemongrass, ginger and a Thai pepper or two depending on how hot and spicy you like your scallops.
Add your marinade ingredients to a shallow bowl or plate: rice vinegar, lemongrass, ginger, 1-2 Thai peppers, soy sauce and sesame oil.

Give your sea scallops a bath in the marinade, only 2 minutes per side. Longer marinating times with scallops can make them mushy, so don’t over-marinate.

Over medium-high heat get a bit of canola oil heating in a pan. Place the scallops in and cook for 2-3 minutes until they form a nice crust on one side.

Flip and cook for 2-3 minutes on the second side. Remove the scallops from the pan and set aside.

De-glaze the pan by adding the marinating liquid to the pan. Continue to cook the sauce over medium heat to reduce for 5-7 minutes.

When the sauce is thick and reduced, it’s time to eat.

Serve the scallops on their own or over rice and vegetables, using the reduced sauce to pour over the top. These were delicious and the perfect complement to the red Thai curry we served them alongside (recipe to follow). So, while you’re waiting for me to get going on that recipe, I hope you enjoy this one, and a little giveaway to go along with it.

All in all, I love the idea of the seasoned rice vinegars, but I have to say I’ll stick to the Nakano Natural variety. I’m a purist, and ingredients that read: “rice vinegar, water” are just what I am looking for, no sugar or other sweeteners needed.

Enter the Giveaway:

One winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card and bottle of Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar to try, along with a coupon and recipe booklet for even more ideas.
1. Tell me what your favorite recipes with rice vinegar are. If you haven’t used it before, tell me which ones you’ve seen that have caught your eye.

2. Follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweet the following. Then come back and let me know you’ve tweeted!
Enter to win a $25 Gift Card and bottle of Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar from @FoodforMyFamily: http://bit.ly/9E1UUv
3. Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook. I’ve been working on asking reader questions and looking for feedback, so it’d be great to have your input there as well!

Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, 9/10. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and notified by email. In the event that the winner doesn’t respond to the email within 48 hours, I’ll choose a new winner.

Disclosure: I was given the Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar for this recipe and compensated for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons lemongrass, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1-2 Thai peppers, finely chopped
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
6-8 large sea scallops
2 tablespoons canola oil

Mix together rice vinegar, lemongrass, ginger, Thai peppers, soy sauce and sesame oil in a shallow plate or bowl. Take the sea scallops and remove the tiny side muscle. Place the sea scallops in the marinade for 2 minutes on each side.

Heat the canola oil over medium-high heat in a medium-sized skillet. When the oil is hot, place the scallops in the pan, searing on both sides 2-3 minutes until a crust forms. Be sure to watch for the crust as you may need an extra minute more depending on the heat of your burner and type of pan you’re using.

Remove the seared scallops from the pan and set aside, tented with a bit of foil to keep them warm. Add the marinade to the pan to deglaze it. Continue to cook the marinade over medium heat, stirring frequently, to reduce about 5-7 minutes until the amount has decreased by half. Drizzle the sauce over the scallops and serve with rice and sautéed vegetables.

Makes 2-3 servings.
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  1. We love scallops! This recipe with rice vinegar looks delish!

  2. I follow Food For My Family on FB!

  3. I like to use Nakano seasoned rice vinegar in a dressing I make for Sumi Salad. It’s a cabbage salad made with Ramen noodles. But the recipe I have posted I will definitely try as my lemon grass needs to be harvested and I must find a use for it!

  4. Jennifer Jackson says:

    I have never used rice vinegar, but i am all about trying new things. I have heard nothing but GOOD things about it, and am excited to potentially win some!

  5. I like using Nakano’s seasoned rice vinegar whenever I make wontons. I use it in the filling as well as the dipping sauce. I also use it in stir fry and in a pork ball recipe. MMmmmmm I will be trying your recipe in the near future too.

  6. Jennifer Jackson says:

    I follow Food for my family on FB 🙂

  7. I follow FoodforMyFamily on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway. http://twitter.com/MzSweetzzz/statuses/23081132919

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  9. This looks like a yummy and easy recipe! One of the recipes I use rice vinegar for is a shrimp pasta salad. The vinegar makes it tangy.

  10. This looks delicious. I’ve never used rice vinegar before, but I’d love to try it!

  11. I tried the Nakano Rice Vinegar on chicken last month, and we loved it.

  12. my fave recipe with rice vinegar is a dipping sauce for spring rolls. Not sure where I saw it but I’ll have to find it!

  13. I’ve never used Rice Vinegar before, but I think that Martha Stewart’s Rice Vinegar Dipping Sauce recipe looks delicious!

  14. You know….I have an old bottle of rice vinegar in my pantry ad can’t remember what I used it for. I think I could use this giveaway as an excuse to make some new recipes! Yours looks fabulous!

  15. sheri grennille says:

    i love to put rice vinegar on cucumber, either chopped or sliced. A little sour cream is nice too.

  16. sheri grennille says:

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  17. I love rice vinegar! Since we are a gluten free family we have used it in many recipes! It is really good in a salad as well!

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  19. We love rice vinegar at my house! We love to use it on a dish a make called Shanghai Noodles.

  20. I follow Food for my Family on Facebook!

  21. I would love to try this recipe for basting sauce, made with rice vinegar:


    it would be delicious on chicken!

  22. I have a great recipe for cucumber pickles (the refrigerator kind) that involves rice vinegar and some sesame oil. I found it on allrecipes. It’s great!

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  24. Maggie Wong says:

    I use the rice vinegar for making sushi and it’s great for fixing Daikon turnips pickles…

  25. I like the Asian chicken nuggets

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  27. I love coleslaw by using rice vinegar, splenda and mayonaise for a creamy flavorful dressing.

  28. I like these for salad dressing bases actually

  29. One of my favorite recipes to use Rice Vinegar in is PHO’. I don’t believe it is original to the authentic recipe, but I really like the punch it gives to the broth.

  30. I am a fan on Facebook. (Cheryl HeartnSoulmom)

  31. Splashing a little on grilled chicken is good! Also on salads!
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  34. My favorite recipe with Rice Vinegar is Cashew Chicken!

  35. I would use it in homemade salad dressings.

  36. This looks easy and healthy! It’s definitely getting a try at my house soon.

  37. I love making a copy-cat recipe of Applebee’s Oriental chicken salad.

  38. I follow you on twitter and retweeted as @liesalh.

  39. I love rice vinegar. There is a lot that I use it for. Anything from orange chicken, to marinating cucumbers and onions, to dipping sauces. YUM!

  40. Vickie Riddle says:

    The Bourbon Chicken (copy-cat type) recipe is one of my favorites to fix. Enjoyed the review of Nakano’s Seasoned Rice Vinegar, will be looking for it next time I go to the store.

  41. I now follow you on Twitter and tweeted

  42. I also follow you on facebook!

  43. I liked you on Facebook

  44. Vickie Riddle says:

    Joined the Food for My Family community on Facebook. Vickie Grigsby Riddle

  45. I have used rice vinegar in the past, but not for a while. The scallops recipe you show here looks good. I have only fixed scallops once I think.


  46. I’m part of the Food for my Family facebook group.


  47. I use rice vinegar when making cucumber salad. I think it is a more subtle flavor.

  48. I’m currently using the
    Grilled Chicken Salad with Fresh Raspberry Dressing recipe that I found on the Nakano website and loving it.

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  50. I’d like to try the Basil Oregano rice vinegar, never used rice wine vinegar before.

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  52. Probably our favorite dish using rice vinegar would be our Chinese Chicken Salad recipe


  53. I have used rice vinegar in a BBQ mopping sauce recipe. The rest is in the fridge. I will probably try your scallops recipe. Looks great!

  54. I would love to try the Garlic-Ginger Chicken Stir Fry! I have purchased rice vinegar in the past but never used it.

  55. Oh my!!! This recipe looks devine! I can’t wait to try my hand at it! Thanks!

  56. The receipes that sound yummy to me are the Turkey Wraps and the Best Ever Sloppy Joes.

  57. My fiance makes a delicious ginger lime salad dressing with rice vinegar. The other day, we decided to branch out and try it on some stir fried tofu and veggies and it was great!

  58. I use it in stir fry and for a yummy cucumber salad I make- have used this brand and LOVE it!
    Thank you!
    Maggie M.

  59. The Asian Crunch Salad recipe at the Nakano site sounds yummy! 🙂

  60. I follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter as “calidreamin87” and I tweeted:


  61. I joined the Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  62. i have never used it before, but the asian crunch salad sounds great to try!

  63. I haven’t tried it, so I would try the Asian Crunch Salad Recipe from the website.

  64. I am a fb fan (Mari Doug)

  65. I haven’t used Rice Vinegar but the Asian Chicken Nuggets sound yummy.

  66. I did this giveaway as well!


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