9 Delicious Scallop Recipes

Buttery and delicious, incredibly versatile, and surprisingly easy to cook, scallops are surprising easy to cook. Here, are some of our favorite scallop recipes, plus, learn the best way to prepare them.

Scallops with Cilantro Lime Butter

Photography by Suech & Beck

To keep this dinner lightning-fast, serve it with a quickly sautéed veg like green beans or spinach. Simply cook in the same skillet in any remaining butter.

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Seared Scallops with Mint Vinaigrette & Green Pea Purée

Seared Scallops with Mint Vinaigrette & Green Pea Puree recipe
Jodi Pudge

Our slightly browned scallops nestle on a bed of puréed peas, as satisfying in texture as they are nutritionally robust.

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Spicy Cayenne–Dusted Scallops with Orange Fennel Salad

Spicy Cayenne Dusted Scallops with Orange Fennel Salad
Photo by Gibson & Smith

A lightly sweet salad complements spicy pan-seared scallops perfectly in this 25-minute meal.

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Cauliflower Risotto with Seared Scallops

Cauliflower Risotto with Seared Scallops recipe
Photo by Ronald Tsang

Instead of starchy refined carbs, this risotto uses cauliflower transformed into rice-size pieces in the food processor. Parmesan cheese and butter help give it the creamy texture of a classic risotto.

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Lemon Shallot Rubbed Scallops with Lentils & Currant Compote

Scallops recipe
Ronald Tsang

Reusing ingredients in creative ways helps keep the number of items in a recipe down. Here, zesty lemon and pungent shallot infuse every element of this dish – the lentils, scallops and vibrant compote.

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Scallops with Wilted Spinach, Grapefruit and Mint

Scallops with Wilted Spinach, Grapefruit and Mint recipe
Edward Pond

With a vibrant sauce and a bit of flair in its presentation, this dish looks and tastes great for so little effort. Scallops take literally minutes to cook, making them the perfect fast food when you need a touch of elegance in a flash.

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Sesame-Crusted Scallops with Green Onion Sauce

A white-and-black duo of sesame seeds provide a dramatic color contrast, not to mention added flavor and crunch, to these Asian-inspired scallops.

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Scallop & Snow Pea Purses with Orange Miso Sauce

Miso scallop and snow pea en papillote recipe
Dennis Kennedy

Wrapping the scallops and vegetables in a “purse” of parchment paper means they steam together in the fragrant Asian-inspired sauce. To keep the butcher’s twine from burning in the oven, soak it in water for about 15 minutes before tying the bundles. Serve with brown rice or quinoa.

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How to Prepare and Sear Scallops

How to Sear Scallops Step 1

Scallops can be steamed, grilled or baked, but searing them in a hot pan is the best and fastest way to prepare them – it creates a caramelized crust on both flat sides and adds incredible flavor.

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Seared Scallops with White Gazpacho Sauce

Photo by Ronald Tsang

Gazpacho, the famous chilled soup, comes in lots of varieties in Spain. This white gazpacho, made with cucumbers and green grapes, is used as a sauce to complement seared scallops.

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