Seared Scallop-Tequila Shooters


Kick off your party with a pan-seared scallops appetizer that's part cocktail recipe part snack. For a hint of heat, the scallops that top these tequila shooters are seasoned with a pinch of chipotle chile pepper and coriander.

Seared Scallop-Tequila Shooters
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
22 mins
8 appetizer servings.


  • 8 fresh or frozen sea scallops

  • 1 ripe mango, halved, seeded and peeled

  • 2 tablespoon pineapple or orange juice

  • 2 tablespoon agave nectar or honey

  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 3 - 4 tablespoon tequila


  1. Thaw scallops, if frozen. Halve any large scallops. Cut about a quarter of the mango into 1/2-inch cubes; set aside. Place remaining mango into a blender with pineapple juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Divide pureed mango mixture into eight shot glasses; set aside.

  2. In a small bowl combine agave, ground chipotle chile pepper, and coriander. Pat scallops dry with paper toweling. Brush scallops with the agave mixture. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet cook scallops in hot butter over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until opaque and golden, turning halfway through. Remove scallops from skillet; insert a toothpick into each. Thread 1 or 2 cubes reserved mango onto top of each pick.

  3. Pour about 2 teaspoons tequila over mango puree in each shot glass. Add 1 scallop-mango pick to each shot glass.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

88 Calories
2g Fat
10g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 88
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 142mg 3%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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