20 Best Scallop Recipes Anyone Can Make
Seared Scallops with Citrus Beurre Blanc and Warm Slaw
If you've been craving a meal with lots of healthy fruits and veggies, this seared scallop recipe is the one for you. The beurre blanc (a French butter sauce) is made with white wine, grapefruit, and a navel orange, so you can count on at least one serving of fruit. For veggies, the seared scallops are tossed with a warm radish and napa cabbage slaw. It all adds up to a meal that's easy to make and that will make you feel great!
Quick Scallop and Noodle Salad
This healthy scallop recipe has a sneaky swap when it comes to the noodles: zucchini! This scallop recipe is supported by healthy ingredients like zucchini noodles, fresh spinach, cucumber, and radish slices. It's great for putting all your extra garden veggies to work.
Pan-Seared Five-Spice Scallops
Not familiar with Chinese five-spice powder? It's a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns. Sprinkling some on your scallops before searing them creates a powerful burst of flavor. Serve this seared scallop recipe with wilted spinach and ham to make it a satisfying meal.
Seared Scallops and Baby Spinach with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze
You don't have to be a professional chef to make this fancy scallop recipe, but you'll definitely feel like one when it's finished. For a picture-worthy presentation, serve the scallops on top of wilted spinach, then sprinkle the plate with pomegranate seeds and a drizzle of bright red pomegranate sauce. You might think these pan-seared scallops would take all night, but the whole dish is ready in just 30 minutes.
Grilled Drunken Shrimp and Scallop Skewers
These shrimp and scallop skewers are a perfect make-ahead seafood meal for grilling season (especially when you've had more than your fill of burgers and brats). Marinated in tequila and served with a boozy jicama slaw, this entrée is ready for a backyard party with neighbors and friends. These grilled scallops also make a great appetizer if you're not willing to completely give up your burger.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Aïoli
Every party needs a showstopping appetizer, and these prosciutto-wrapped scallops are ready to take the spotlight. To make them even more special, serve these savory treats with a roasted red pepper aïoli for dipping. Make sure you snag a skewer of these sea scallops before your guests arrive—once they do, this app will go quick!
Trust us: Making homemade paella is much easier than taking a trip to Spain for the real thing—but just as tasty. Ready in just 25 minutes, this scallop, shrimp, and rice dish will leave you dreaming of the Spanish coast. You can't re-create the Spanish scenery, unfortunately, but you can nail the flavors with this tasty scallop recipe.
Barley-Squash Gratin with Scallops
When the leaves start changing color, it's time to make this scallop and barley grain bowl. You can make the most of this dish in your slow cooker. Let the butternut squash, spinach, and barley simmer all day, then cook the scallops on a skillet and add them to the mix just before serving. If you're new to making seared scallops, this is a good recipe to start with because your slow cooker takes care of the rest of the meal so you can focus on the scallops.
Scallops-Pecans Wilted Salad
Once you get a taste of this scallop and pecan salad, you'll never go back to plain spinach again. Top it off with a warm homemade dressing for a hint of sweet and spicy flavor to complement the subtle scallop flavor. Is your mouth watering yet? This is one of our best scallop recipes for beginners (because it's so simple), and this tasty dish takes only 20 minutes to make.
Seared Scallop-Tequila Shooters
These scallops are definitely here to party. Puree pineapple and mango together to make each shot of tequila a little sweeter, then garnish each glass with a few mango cubes and a seared scallop. These pan-seared scallops are a great appetizer to kick off the party!
Orange-Pistachio-Stuffed Grilled Scallops
Scallops might be small, but you can still fill them with a fresh, crisp stuffing. Use pistachios, fennel leaves, and parsley to make the gremolata filling, then serve the grilled scallops with arugula and orange slices. It's worth using fresh scallops for this recipe!
Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo
You can never go wrong with creamy Alfredo sauce. Adding seared scallops to the mix makes this pasta entrée extra special. It's not all decadence, though—using whole wheat pasta and stirring in a full pound of asparagus makes this indulgent meal a little healthier, too.
Seared Scallops with Noodle Salad
Grab your chopsticks: This scallop and noodle salad is inspired by Asian flavors. Sesame oil, fresh ginger, and yuzu peel all play a role in bringing big flavor to this easy noodle bowl. Garnishing with cucumber and sesame seeds adds some crunch. If you want to put a twist on more traditional scallop dishes, this is a great way to do it!
Chilpachole (Seafood Stew)
If plain scallop recipes aren't enough to satisfy your craving for seafood, this stew is a must. We can't imagine a dish with more seafood than this—it's loaded with shrimp, tilapia, scallops, and mussels. Mix and match your favorites or make this stew with the freshest seafood available—clams, calamari, and crab are all great substitutions.
Citrus and Scallops Supper
Seared scallops are just one of the four components in this complete dinner recipe. Add plenty of color and nutrition to your plate by serving the scallops with an orange salad, wilted spinach, and quinoa with raisins and pine nuts. If you struggle to think of side dishes to pair with your entrée, this scallop recipe takes care of it for you!
Multigrain Angel Hair with Scallops and Tarragon-Lime-Basil Pesto
Angel hair pasta with homemade pesto is good, but adding seared scallops to your plate makes it even better. Finish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to make this home-cooked meal restaurant-worthy. Plus, if you're someone whose stomach starts growling again an hour or two after dinner, adding pasta helps make a scallop recipe a little heartier.
Piri Piri Scallops with Spinach-Pineapple Salad
Homemade piri piri (an Asian-inspired sauce) serves as a marinade and a sauce in this yummy grilled scallops recipe. Serve over a sweet and savory spinach-pineapple salad (with bacon bits!) to turn grilled scallops from an easy appetizer into a satisfying meal. Because the scallops need time to marinate, you'll have to be a little more patient for this scallop recipe than some others, but it'll be worth it.
Pineapple and Scallops
When barbecue season rolls around, grilled scallops are going to take over your summer cookouts! Since scallops are a little on the sweet side, pairing them with pineapple is a delicious choice. A quick marinade with jalapeño peppers keeps these grilled scallop skewers from becoming too sweet. You can also serve the extra sauce on the side for anyone craving more heat.
Scallops with Garlicky Tomatillo Salsa
Scallops and salsa may not sound like a match, but this homemade tomatillo salsa will have you convinced that it's meant to be. While the scallops marinate, you'll have plenty of time to whip up the salsa so it's ready to go when the scallops come off the grill. Of course, if you have any salsa leftover from this scallop recipe, make sure you have a few chips on hand to scoop it up.
Scallops with Dill Sauce
If you want to let scallops be the star of the show, this is the recipe for you. Before broiling, season the scallops with a simple mix of butter, pepper, and paprika, then serve with a refreshing dill sauce. If you're still intimidated by pan-searing scallops, you can use this easy broiled recipe as a way to get your foot in the door for learning how to cook scallops.