Recipe Box, Key West Seafood Sauce

I have a little gift for you today, let’s call it a “Celebrate Spring”  gift!

scalloped with key west sauce

Try not to notice the Santa plates, because that kinda kills the whole spring mood I’m trying to create…


I have been trying to pry this recipe from HHjr since he made it for my birthday in December.


The. Best. Sauce. Ever.

grilled scallops with key west sauce

I think he was trying to keep it in “the vault,”  you know until he becomes a world famous chef and  his cookbooks will be on the New York Times Best Seller list…

bacon wrapped scallops

But the other day, there it was…in my inbox~innocently sitting there, tagged scallop sauce.

scalloped with key west sauce

This, ladies and gentlemen, is not just a scallop sauce, it is a trip to the moon!  Seriously.


AND, it’s so easy to make you are bound to be shaking your head in doubt

grilled scallops

Trust me you are going to want to try this, especially with some fresh diver scallops wrapped in bacon or some freshly caught wild Alabama shrimp, or with a straw…anything that goes with a buttery citrus flavor~ just don’t tell anybody how easy it is!  Let them think you’re a culinary genius…



  • 4 T butter
  • 2 T lime zest
  • 1/2 lime* juiced
  • 1/2 orange* juiced
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 garlic clove minced


  • Combine all ingredients together in a sauce pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Reserve some sauce for serving and use the rest to baste the seafood during grilling. Makes about 2/3 cup


*put citrus in microwave for 10-20 seconds on high to yield more juice or roll in around on the counter, pressing down on it. It should be at room temperature also.

Shhhhhh….keep this soon to be famous sauce well guarded!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Coastal Charm

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Memories by the Mile

The Gunny Sack

Savvy Southern Style

The Style Sisters

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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Foodie Friday

Will Cook for Smiles

Tasty Tuesday

6 Responses to “Recipe Box, Key West Seafood Sauce”
  1. This looks and sounds so delicious that you have me salivating. I completely ignored the Santa plates, but considering it was 6 degrees when I got up this morning (normal temps are usually around 40) Santa seems most appropriate! 😉

  2. laurie says:

    Oh my mouth is watering. This is a keeper for sure. Thanks, Jenna. laurie

  3. Mary says:

    Jenna, I know that sauce has got to be good, especially on a bacon-wrapped scallop! I had to chuckle at Pattie’s comment, we were in the 70s on Sunday and are in the teens this morning…brrr! Hope your weather is milder 🙂

  4. The Comforts of Home says:

    This sounds wonderful! I would love it if you would share it on my Tasty Tuesday link party!

  5. Miz Helen says:

    Oh my goodness, your Key West Seafood Sauce will sure be on the menu for our next seafood dinner. This recipe looks fantastic!! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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