34 Delicious Scallop Recipes
Sea Scallop Risotto
Scallop Tom Kha
We’ve subbed bay scallops for the typical tofu and chicken in this quintessential Thai coconut soup (Tom Kha Gai), for even more flavor and sweetness.
Recipe: Scallop Tom Kha
Scallop Pasta with Catalan Romesco Sauce
Coming from the Catalonia region of Spain, Romesco is a versatile sauce made from nuts and red peppers. It works great on roast chicken, grilled vegetables, or this Spanish-inspired pasta adorned with shaved Manchego cheese and slivered almonds.
Peruvian Ceviche with Leche de Tigre
Leche de Tigre (which translates to “tiger’s milk”) is the citrusy, spicy marinade used in traditional Peruvian ceviche. Unlike other Latin American ceviche, Peruvians pair “cooked” seafood with sweet potato, corn, sliced red onion, and chilies. Try corn nuts on top for some added crunch.
Grilled Scallop Tacos with Smashed Avocado and Charred Corn Pico
This quick taco filling is perfect for weeknight dinners—or last-minute weekend get-togethers. Scallops bring their own unique flavors to the dish, and charred corn pico and a smashed avocado spread make perfect accompaniments.
Pro tip: Be careful grilling the corn and the scallops—you want them to be slightly charred, but there’s a fine line between charred and roasted to a crisp. They cook quickly, so keep an eye on them the whole time they’re on the grill.
- Recipe: Grilled Scallop Tacos with Smashed Avocado and Charred Corn Pico
Bay Scallop Salad Sliders with Chile Mayo
Chicken and tuna have some competition in the “salad” department. Think outside of poultry and its aquatic counterpart with bay scallops folded with an herby, chile-spiked mayo.
Pro tip: perk up rice, eggs, or lifeless Chinese takeout with the spicy chili crisp (such as Lao Gan Ma) featured in the recipe. Sriracha fans, this is guaranteed to be your new favorite condiment.
Bay Scallop Fritto Misto
Italy’s perfect antipasto, fritto misto is mixture of deep-fried vegetables and seafood. Just choose what’s freshest and in-season. Come spring, swap in some asparagus and fennel. In fall, thinly slice all your favorite squashes (kabocha, acorn, butternut).
Fishmonger out of bay scallops? Feel free to use shrimp, squid, or a mild-tasting white fish like cod. In a nutshell: making fritto misto is as laidback as its Italian origins.
Recipe: Bay Scallop Fritto Misto
Grilled Scallop Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
We call this one an end-of-summer salad, but as long as you can get the ingredients, you can make it in any season! Citrus flavors define the salad: A homemade Citrus Vinaigrette and orange slices as toppings give this dish its summery flair, but fresh bay scallops skewered and grilled steal the show.
Pro tip: Do not overcook the scallops—they’ll become tough and rubbery if left on the grill for too long.
- Recipe: Grilled Scallop Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
The best thing about scallops? It’s difficult to pick just one, but their versatility is definitely high on the list. You can sauté, bake, or grill scallops; you can serve them in a salad, in a soup, as a side, as the main course, or on their own. Their subtle flavors make them palatable even to those who prefer turf over surf and, all-in-all, scallops are pretty close to perfect. Here, we have 28 different ways to enjoy them.
For this recipe, coat tender scallops in a crispy mixture of panko and chopped hazelnuts for a flavor combination that will turn any weeknight dinner into a memorable affair.
- Recipe: Hazelnut-crusted Scallops
Curry Citrus Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallops and Crispy Shallots
The name may sound intimidating, but this rich soup is well worth the effort. Its most distinctive flavor comes from a hearty dose of curry powder, but subtle hints of shallots, ginger, garlic, and saffron lend the soup a complex blend of flavor. Served warm, this soup carries a taste of citrus and the tropics, making it perfect for a cold day when all you want is to be at the beach.
Steak and Scallops with Champagne-Butter Sauce
Steak and scallops seem complex, but this recipe requires only a few steps before you have your very own surf-and-turf feast in front of you. The icing on top, so to speak, of this dish is the Champagne and lemon juice sauce. Drizzled over the steak and scallops, it brings out their natural flavors while adding a slight kick. To make it a full meal, steam eight ounces of green beans for about nine minutes until crisp-tender and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Scallops with Mango Vinaigrette
Give scallops a hint of the tropics with this healthy recipe, which calls for grilled (or, if you prefer, seared) scallops served over baby spinach with red bell pepper, black beans, and a fresh and flavorful mango vinaigrette.
Pro tip: Preheat the grill (or skillet) thoroughly, or the scallops will stick and tear when turned. The scallops may initially stick to hot grill grates while browning, but they will release when it’s time to turn them over.
- Recipe: Scallops with Mango Vinaigrette
Seared Scallops with Pink Grapefruit-Brown Butter Sauce
A homemade pink grapefruit and brown butter sauce takes center stage in this simple recipe. The sauce calls for only three ingredients and is ready in mere minutes (though it will taste as good as if you spent hours making a sauce). The scallops are easy enough to cook, and once you combine the two, you’ll have a match made in seafood heaven. Serve with a fresh green salad on the side to make it a balanced meal.
Diver Scallops on Rosemary
This recipe comes with a culinary lifehack: It replaces regular skewers with rosemary sprigs, which both makes it easier to turn the scallops on the grill and gives the scallops extra flavor. If you want even more flavor—and you’re craving a little smokiness—cut slices of prosciutto in half lengthwise and wrap one piece around each scallop before skewering it. Once your scallops are cooked to perfection, serve over a bed of basmati rice for a full meal, or leave them on the rosemary skewers for easy-to-eat apps.
- Recipe: Diver Scallops on Rosemary
Grilled Sweet-and-Sour Scallops
Scallop Skillet with Bacon, Edamame, Basil, and Creamy Grits
Save this one for a special occasion. This is a dish that’s sure to impress, but it’s not one that will have you slaving in the kitchen all day long. Creamy grits—easy to make, even for those who aren’t born-and-bred Southerners—serve as a hearty base for the toppings: seared scallops, of course, but also bacon, sweet onion, red bell pepper, crisp edamame, and juicy grape tomatoes.
Pan-seared Scallops with Asparagus and Pancetta
For an elegant meal, look no further than this light and tasty dish. These pan-seared scallops may be small, but they’re heavy on the flavor: a sauce made of orange juice, vermouth, and butter makes a tart dressing that perfectly balances the sweetness of the scallops and that brings out the flavors of the pancetta. Small servings—three scallops per plate—mean this recipe pairs perfectly with a big salad or another side dish.
- Recipe: Pan-seared Scallops
In this dish, we’ve taken a traditional spinach dip and cranked it up a few notches—and given it some decidedly coastal flavor. Bay or sea scallops (your pick!) chopped and mixed with typical dip bases like cream cheese and sour cream give this dip depth and texture, and a sprinkling of seafood seasoning brings all the flavors together. Serve with your favorite dipping chip—tortilla chips, potato chips, and crisp bread slices are all excellent options.
- Recipe: Scallop-Spinach Spread
Baked Scallops au Gratin
The question isn’t should you serve this dish—the question is, what should you pair it with?
This simple 7-ingredient recipe (really) takes less than 20 minutes, and only about five of those minutes require work from you. You probably even already have all the ingredients—all you’ll need to pick up are scallops and breadcrumbs. Pick your favorite roasted veggies to serve on the side, and you have a 5-star meal ready to go.
- Get the recipe: Baked Scallops au Gratin
Scallop Chowder with Pernod and Thyme
Whether it’s cold outside, rain has been falling all day long, or you’re just craving some classic coastal comfort food, turning to this scallop chowder is almost certain to give your mood a major boost. The addition of pernod—an anise-flavored liqueur that brings depth to the dish—just makes this chowder even more deliciously filling. For best results, serve it with warm, crusty bread and share with good friends.
- Recipe: Scallop Chowder with Pernod and Thyme
Grilled Scallops with Tomato-Mint Sauce and Orzo
You probably don’t need another excuse to fire up the grill in the warm summer months, but this recipe makes a pretty good one. Spears of grilled, smoky scallops will be a hit at any summer gathering, and a chilled sauce made with tomato, mint, a dash of orange juice, and olive oil on the side makes a perfect condiment. Serve over orzo to make it a meal, or forgo the orzo to make this a casual appetizer.
- Recipe: Grilled Scallops with Tomato-Mint Sauce and Orzo
Italian Shrimp Scallop and Calamari Salad
This Italy-inspired salad is perfect for a hot day. It isn’t served hot, making it perfect for dinner on the patio or terrace as the day cools town. Fresh, cool ingredients like grape tomatoes and two kinds of olives keep it light and healthy, and a dressing of lemon juice and red wine vinegar adds a little flavor without overpowering the main ingredients. The trio of seafood—shrimp, scallops, and calamari—taste deliciously of summer, and, when served with champagne or sparkling wine, this dish makes the perfect centerpiece for a special occasion.
- Recipe: Italian Shrimp Scallop and Calamari Salad
Scallop and Spinach Salad
The surprising ingredient in this delicious summer salad? Bacon. Bacon and seafood are prepared together more often than you might think, and in this dish, they make a perfect pair. Scallops toughen easily, so take care not to overcook them, but be sure to prepare the bacon so it’s nice and crispy.
For a wine pairing, we suggest a German or French Riesling. Rieslings are great with bacon and seafood and will bring body to the meal.
- Recipe: Scallop and Spinach Salad with Warm Dressing
Seared Scallop Gemelli with Asparagus, Snap Peas, and Pecorino
Gemelli noodles are spiral-shaped and denser than rotini, which means they hold up well against big, bold-flavored ingredients like chunky asparagus cuts, sugar snap peas, and scallops. Pancetta adds some salty notes, and a barely there sauce—a tiny bit of melted butter—means the focus is on the fresh ingredients, spices, tangy pecorino cheese, and healthy amount of garlic. Seared scallops on top make the perfect finish.
- Recipe: Seared Scallop Gemelli with Asparagus, Snap Peas, and Pecorino