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Scallops are somewhat misunderstood because cooking them perfectly can be a challenge, but if you can use these jewels of the sea in some recipes, your friends and family will love you forever. The trick is to clean them carefully and monitor them closely when you’re cooking them.
What are scallops? Scallops are buttery and tender seafood mollusks that have a mild, sweet flavor.
While it can be tricky to get scallops perfect, a little practice (and the best scallop recipes) can get you to scallop perfection.
Scallops are super easy to cook, and when you have some scallops, you can quickly and easily create an elegant seafood meal for the people you love (or just for yourself!)
From grilled scallops to pan seared scallops, and blackened scallops to sauteed scallops and baked scallops, there are so many different ways to cook sea scallops.
Does an exotic green curry scallops recipe appeal to you? Or perhaps you want some bacon with your scallops. If that’s the case, bacon-wrapped scallops will be exactly what you’re craving for your next seafood dinner.
Are you ready to find the best sea scallop recipe to cook for your family and friends? Let’s dive in and check out these 13 easy scallop recipes!
1. Lemon Butter Scallops
If you have 10 minutes and just five ingredients, you can enjoy a delicious scallops dinner made with lemon and unsalted butter.
These scallops are cooked over medium-high heat in a heavy skillet in butter.
Before cooking your scallops, season them lightly with black pepper and sea salt.
For the lemon butter sauce, you need unsalted butter, garlic cloves, fresh lemon juice, more salt and pepper, and fresh parsley leaves.
2. Creamy Seafood and Scallops Chowder
When you want a seafood chowder that has no fillers such as potatoes, this chowder recipe is the one to turn to.
This chowder is loaded with all sorts of delicious seafood, including scallops, crab meat, and shrimp.
If you have seafood stock, use that to make this. Otherwise, you can use chicken broth or vegetable broth.
Other ingredients in this chowder include veggies such as onion, garlic, and celery. Half and half, along with milk, makes this chowder oh so creamy.
Other ingredients are smoked paprika, white cooking wine, parsley, and butter.
3. Green Curry Scallops Topped with Mango Cilantro Salsa
Anytime we can use mango in our cooking, we know it’s going to be an excellent meal.
To make the green curry sauce in this recipe, you need onion, garlic, minced ginger, green curry paste, coconut milk, chicken broth (or chicken stock), lemongrass, fish sauce, ponzu sauce, kaffir lime, Thai basil leaves, red bell pepper, broccoli florets, and sugar snap peas.
The mango salsa is made with diced mango, red onion, chopped jalapeno pepper, fresh mint leaves, cilantro, kaffir lime, sea salt, and black pepper.
4. Scallops with Herb Lemon Sauce
We’ve already established that sea scallops are perfect with herbs and garlic butter sauce, so this scallops recipe will delight your seafood lovers.
For this scallops recipe, the scallops are seared in a heavy skillet with oil and capers. Be sure to season your scallops with salt and pepper before searing them.
The herbs to use to make this recipe are fresh oregano, fresh thyme, and fresh rosemary. Garnish your completed dish with lemon wedges.
5. Seared Scallops
Seared sea scallops are one of the most popular seafood dishes and this pan seared scallops recipe will give you perfect seared scallops every time.
To make this seared scallop recipe, you’re going to sear scallops in a heavy skillet.
The ingredients to make these seared scallops are super simple. All you need are your seared sea scallops, sea salt, black pepper, butter, and oil with a high smoke point. One good oil to use is avocado oil.
Serve these seared sea scallops with a green salad and a baked potato for a complete meal.
6. Garlic Butter Scallops Topped with Fruity Salsa
We love the idea of adding watermelon to a fruity salsa and serving it with seared garlic butter scallops.
The recipe for this watermelon salsa calls for diced watermelon, chopped jalapeno pepper, shallot, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and salt and pepper.
To cook scallops, you need unsalted butter, garlic cloves, and a pinch of spicy red pepper flakes.
7. Bacon Wrapped Scallops
We love nearly anything that’s wrapped in bacon, and these bacon wrapped scallops will disappear before your eyes when you serve them to a hungry crowd.
Other ingredients in this recipe are maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and chopped parsley. Before you put your scallops on the broiler pan or baking pan, spray it with cooking spray.
8. Scallops with Spanish Paella
If you’ve ever spent any time in Spain and happened to be there on the weekend, you probably enjoyed a delicious paella dish with seafood like shrimp or scallops.
This recipe for scallops and Spanish paella is one of the best scallop recipes you can make for guests.
You need fish broth to make this recipe, but if you don’t have fish broth, chicken broth or vegetable broth will work.
Spices used in this scallop dish are garlic, saffron threads, black pepper, fresh chives (for garnish), and smoked paprika.
The other ingredients are extra virgin olive oil, plump jumbo shrimp, onion, and tomato sauce.
9. Scallop Pasta with Herbs and Lemon
One thing you can make with pan seared scallops is this delicious pasta dish that’s made with fresh herbs and lemon.
Sear the scallops in a heavy skillet with extra virgin olive oil, then you’re ready to build out the rest of this easy but elegant meal.
For your herbs, you can use fresh chives, fresh parsley, and even some basil. White wine helps to create a delectable sauce that’s full of flavor.
Other ingredients in this seafood dish are garlic, butter, capers, fresh lemon zest, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and fresh lemon juice.
Use fettucini, spaghetti, or linguini. You can even use angel hair pasta for this scallops recipe.
10. Scallop Risotto
We can’t get enough of scallops and bacon together, so we had to include this recipe for bacon scallops on our list.
For this scallops recipe, you need chicken broth, thick-cut bacon, butter, a sweet onion, grated parmesan cheese, black pepper, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh parsley.
Serve this bacon and scallops meal with basmati rice, brown rice, or your favorite pasta. Add a green salad or baked potato and you have a full meal that will be impossible to resist.
11. Scallops in Wine Lemon Sauce
You need clarified butter to create this recipe for scallops in a decadent wine and lemon sauce, but clarified butter is super easy to make.
Work quickly as you cook the scallops in the clarified butter. Granulated white sugar gives these scallops a wonderful flavor.
For seasoning these scallops, you need kosher salt (or sea salt), black pepper, dry white wine, fresh lemon juice, fresh parsley, minced chives, and lemon zest.
Serve your scallops with pasta or rice. Add a green salad and you have a complete meal.
12. Brown Butter Scallops
Hearing scallops sizzling in a cast-iron skillet is like music to our ears!
To make these pan seared brown butter scallops, you need unsalted butter, garlic cloves, and fresh thyme sprigs.
When you get ready to cook these scallops, you need to be sure you remove the small muscle that’s on the side of every sea scallop. Cook them just until the centers of the scallops are translucent.
Serve your brown butter scallops with basmati rice, brown rice, or your favorite pasta. Garnish with lemon wedges.
13. Grilled Scallops
Grilled scallops may just be the best scallop recipie! And these grilled scallops are so easy to pull together and cook on the grill.
A grilled scallop turns out to be juicy and full of flavor, and you can serve these grilled scallops with your favorite veggies or a baked potato.
In fact, while the grill is already nice and hot, how about grilling some veggies such as squash, corn, or asparagus?
What Types of Scallops Should You Buy?
Did you know that not all scallops are created equally? In fact, there are some scallops you should avoid completely if you want to make the best scallop tecipes.
- Buy sea scallops (avoid bay scallops). In every scallop receipe on our list of scallops recipes, sea scallops are used to make these seafood recipes. Although technically also seafood, a bay scallop is mostly used in soups and stews because they’re small.
- Frozen scallops and fresh scallops are both delicious. For our scallops recipes, you can use either frozen scallops or fresh scallops. Scallops that are wet (as opposed to dry scallops) are treated with sodium tripolyphosphate and water before they’re frozen. Because of this, a wet scallop can have a bouncy texture and somewhat soapy taste. However, there’s an easy trick to make frozen scallops or wet scallops perfect. To freshen your wet scallops, brine them by letting them sit in a saltwater solution for 10 minutes before you cook them.
- Farmed scallops or wild-caught scallops? Wild-caught scallops are a sustainable choice because they’re caught in the country where you live. However, farmed scallops are subject to quality standards, too.
Do you want to make sure you don’t make common mistakes when you’re cooking the best scallop recipe? Check out the video below for tips and tricks for making easy scallops.
13 Best Scallop Recipes (+Seared Scallops)
- 1/2 pound dry sea scallops
- Black pepper
- Sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- Over medium-high heat, heat a heavy skillet.
- Pat the scallops dry using a paper towel.
- Season scallops with salt and pepper.
- Cook for 2 minutes on one side, then 1 minute on the other side.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.
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