Grilled Herb Scallops with Balsamic Syrup

Gremolata, an herb condiment made with chopped parsley, minced garlic, and lemon peel, is the base for this quick marinade. Be sure to adhere to the two to four hour marinating time. Leaving scallops in the acidic mixture too long will ruin their wonderfully soft, creamy texture.

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Makes:
4 servings
Prep:
20 mins
Marinate:
2 hrs
Grill:
6 mins
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Grilled Herb Scallops with Balsamic Syrup

Ingredients
8
fresh or frozen sea scallops (about 1 pound total)
1/4
cup olive oil
2
tablespoons snipped fresh mint
2
tablespoons snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1
tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1
clove garlic, minced
1/2
cup balsamic vinegar
2
cups baby arugula

Directions

  1. Thaw scallops, if frozen. Rinse scallops; pat dry with paper towels. Place scallops in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl stir together oil, mint, parsley, the 2 tablespoons vinegar, the cheese, lemon peel, and garlic. Pour marinade over scallops. Seal bag; turn to coat scallops. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours, turning bag once or twice.
  2. Drain scallops, discarding marinade. Thread each scallop onto a 6-inch skewer.*
  3. For a charcoal or gas grill, grill scallops on the greased rack of a covered grill directly over medium-hot heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until scallops are opaque, turning once halfway through grilling time.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan bring the 1/2 cup vinegar to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 4 to 5 minutes or until vinegar is reduced by half.
  5. Serve scallops with arugula. Drizzle with the reduced vinegar.

From the Test Kitchen

*

If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes; drain before using.

Icon: gluten free

Scallops tend to be low in mercury and sustainably harvested, making them a great seafood choice.

Nutrition Facts

(Grilled Herb Scallops with Balsamic Syrup)
    Per serving:
  • 244 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 10 g monounsatured fat),
  • 28 mg chol.,
  • 478 mg sodium,
  • 11 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 6 g sugar,
  • 15 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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