Succulent Grilled Scallops with Herb Butter


10 Tips to keep in mind when cooking grilled scallops

1. Choose fresh, high-quality scallops: Look for scallops that are firm, moist, and have a slightly sweet smell. Avoid any that have a fishy odor or are slimy.

2. Pat the scallops dry: Ensuring the scallops are dry before grilling helps achieve a good sear and prevents them from steaming.

3. Preheat the grill: Make sure your grill is preheated to medium-high heat to get a nice sear on the scallops.

4. Use a clean grill: Clean the grill grates before cooking to prevent the scallops from sticking.

5. Don’t over-marinate: Scallops are delicate and only need a short marinating time, around 10 minutes is sufficient.

6. Grill quickly: Scallops cook very fast, typically 2-3 minutes per side. Overcooking can make them tough and chewy.

7. Use high heat: High heat is essential to get a nice sear without overcooking the scallops inside.

8. Avoid crowding the grill: Give the scallops enough space on the grill to cook evenly and develop a good crust.

9. Use a fish spatula: A fish spatula’s thin, flexible design is perfect for turning delicate scallops without breaking them apart.

10. Serve immediately: Scallops are best enjoyed right off the grill, so plan to serve them immediately for the best texture and flavor.


Serving suggestions

Grilled Scallops can be served in a variety of ways to complement their delicate flavor:

1. Side Salad: A crisp mixed greens salad with a light vinaigrette pairs wonderfully with the richness of the scallops.

2. Risotto: Serve the scallops over a creamy risotto for an indulgent meal.

3. Grilled Vegetables: Accompany the scallops with a medley of grilled vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, and bell peppers.

4. Rice Pilaf: A flavorful rice pilaf can serve as a nice base for the scallops, soaking up the herb butter sauce.

5. Garlic Bread: A side of warm garlic bread or crusty baguette is perfect for mopping up any extra butter sauce.

6. Lemon Orzo: Serve the scallops with a zesty lemon orzo pasta for a fresh and bright side dish.

7. Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes provide a comforting contrast to the light and tender scallops.



Q: Can I make grilled scallops ahead of time?
A: It's best to grill scallops just before serving to maintain their texture and flavor. However, you can prepare the marinade and prep the scallops in advance.

Q: Can I use frozen scallops for this recipe?
A: Yes, frozen scallops can be used. Just make sure they are fully thawed and patted dry before grilling.

Q: How do I prevent the scallops from sticking to the grill?
A: Ensure your grill is clean and well-oiled before placing the scallops on it. Also, make sure the scallops are dry and the grill is hot.

Q: What can I use instead of fresh herbs?
A: If fresh herbs are not available, you can use dried herbs. Just use about a third of the amount called for in the recipe.

Q: Can I add other seasonings to the marinade?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to customize the marinade with your favorite spices and herbs.

Q: How do I know when the scallops are done?
A: Scallops are done when they are opaque and firm to the touch. They should also have a nice golden-brown sear.

Q: What if I don’t have a grill?
A: If you don’t have a grill, you can cook the scallops in a hot skillet or under a broiler.

Q: Can I use bay scallops instead of sea scallops?
A: Yes, but adjust the cooking time as bay scallops are smaller and will cook faster.

Q: Is it okay to leave the scallops in the marinade longer?
A: It's best not to marinate scallops for too long, as the acid in the marinade can start to cook them and change their texture.

Q: What are some other ways to serve grilled scallops?
A: Grilled scallops can be served over pasta, in tacos, or on a bed of greens for a seafood salad.
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