Scallop Recipes

This quick-cooking shellfish is versatile enough for a variety of delicious preparations.

Healthy Ways to Cook with Scallops

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Healthy Ways to Cook with Scallops

All scallops, whether farmed or wild-caught, are great sustainable seafood options. But for the best choice, pick diver-caught scallops from Mexico.

A screaming-hot skillet and baking sheet yield fantastic seared scallops and quick-roasted tomatoes and veggies. The luxurious sauce is little more than butter emulsified into reduced white wine—keep the butter cold and whisk it in gradually for the creamiest sauce.

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Seared Scallops and Herb Butter Sauce

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Seared Scallops and Herb Butter Sauce

Serve these tender scallops with Roasted Green Beans to round out the meal. For a perfect match to suit the flavors of the recipe, try one of our three strategies for a 10-Minute Wine Pairing.

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Seared Scallops with Haricots Verts

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Seared Scallops with Haricots Verts

Lemony haricots verts provide a crunchy counterpoint to the seared scallops.

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Seared Scallops with Wilted Watercress and Bacon Recipe

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Seared Scallops with Wilted Watercress and Bacon

Scallops and bacon create a classic flavor combintation. Watercress offers a refreshing change from spinach and other greens.

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Soy-Citrus Scallops with Soba Noodles

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Soy-Citrus Scallops with Soba Noodles

Robust Japanese buckwheat noodles and seared scallops get coated with a marinade that has been reduced to a glaze. Serve with still-crunchy snow peas or sugar snap peas. You can toss them right in with the noodles.

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Grilled Scallop Salad

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Grilled Scallop Salad

Grill scallops and cucumber halves for tasty toppings on this fresh and flavorful salad. You'll love how the sweet watermelon and mint flavors play off one another.

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Seared Scallops with Lemony Sweet Pea Relish

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Seared Scallops with Lemony Sweet Pea Relish

This meal is fresh, light, and luscious. A great sear is imperative with this simple recipe, so be sure to pat the scallops dry before cooking in a super-hot cast-iron skillet.

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Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Puree

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Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Puree

Pair sea scallops with a cauliflower and potato puree for an elegant yet weeknight-friendly meal.

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Seared Scallops with Fennel and Grapefruit Salad

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Seared Scallops with Fennel and Grapefruit Salad

Licorice and citrus notes highlight the sweetness of the scallops. Scallops cook quick, so think of this recipe for a low-maintenance dinner.

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Seared Scallops with Farmers’ Market Salad

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Seared Scallops with Farmers’ Market Salad

Be sure you buy dry-packed scallops. Scallops marked "wet packed" have been treated with a liquid solution containing sodium tripolyphosphate. The scallops absorb the salty mixture and plump up, resulting in a heavier weight and a higher market price. But when you cook them, the liquid portion will cook out, leaving you with smaller scallops and higher sodium content.

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Cioppino-Style Seafood Stew

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Cioppino-Style Seafood Stew

Inspired by the famed San Francisco meal-in-a-bowl, this comes together with minimal fuss. Serve it with Parmesan toast. Scallops, in addition to two other types of seafood, make this warming treat a protein-packed, healthy alternative to creamy, high-fat soups and stews.

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Thai Seafood Salad

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Thai Seafood Salad

Fresh scallops taste great with citrusy herbs, like the lemongrass, in this recipe. Try serving this as an appetizer to an Asian entrée.

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Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach

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Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach

Scallops cooked in a pan are always in danger of being steamed rather than seared, so be sure to use a big pan and high heat. A cast-iron skillet is ideal since it gets really hot and can handle high temperatures.

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Scallop Piccata with Sautéed Spinach

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Scallop Piccata with Sautéed Spinach

Serve these quick-cooking scallops over a bed of whole-grain pasta or brown rice for a filling (and impressive) meal.

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Seafood Arrabbiata

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Seafood Arrabbiata

Italian for "angry," arrabbiata is a spicy tomato sauce. For true fury, use 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper in this delicious seafood dish.

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Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans

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Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans

Pair this one-dish seared scallops meal with a side of garlic bread. It's perfect for sopping up every last drop of the delicious sauce. The iron in spinach and protein in the beans and scallops make this a perfect alternative to a red meat meal.

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Seared Sea Scallops with Satsuma, Parsley, and Shallot Salsa

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Seared Sea Scallops with Satsuma, Parsley, and Shallot Salsa

Perfectly seared sea scallops are finished with a homemade citrus salsa. The star, satsuma oranges, are one of the sweetest citrus varieties with a meltingly tender texture. Look for satsumas with firm, tight peels, with no hollow-feeling or dented spots; heavier ones are generally juicier.

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Escabèche-Style Scallops

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Escabèche-Style Scallops

Escabèche is a Spanish dish in which cooked seafood is marinated and served cold as an appetizer. Though it's traditionally made with sardines, escabèche is also good with other seafood, including scallops and shrimp. Marinate for only 30 minutes to ensure the scallops remain tender. Top with thyme sprigs.

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Scallops with Spinach and Paprika Syrup Recipe

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Scallops with Spinach and Paprika Syrup

Seared scallops and spicy paprika syrup make for a light and flavorful combination.

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Seafood Risotto

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Seafood Risotto

Risotto must be served immediately so you can best savor its rich creaminess. With this version, there's just enough for two healthful portions. Complete the meal with a salad, bread, and crisp white wine.

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Scallops with Green Tea Cream

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Scallops with Green Tea Cream

This dish makes a uniquely delicious first course. Look for matcha—a Japanese green tea powder with a vibrant color and deep, somewhat bitter, flavor—in Asian grocery stores or gourmet markets. If you can't find it, pulverize regular green tea in a spice grinder.

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Caramelized Scallops

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Caramelized Scallops

Save this recipe for your next date night at home. Serve with wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas.

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Nantucket Bay Scallops with Bay-Scented Butter

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Nantucket Bay Scallops with Bay-Scented Butter

Small bay scallops are often sweeter and more tender than larger sea scallops. Bay-scented butter, tinged with a hint of lemon, flavors the scallops, while panko provides crunchy texture. Serve in scallop shells for a handsome presentation.

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Seared Scallops with Roasted Tomatoes

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Seared Scallops with Roasted Tomatoes

This light pasta dish doesn't lack for flavor thanks to fresh roasted tomatoes and basil. For an extra tang, sprinkle a pinch of grated lemon rind on top before serving.

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Seared Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc

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Seared Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc

Fresh thyme, lemon, and white wine round out the all-star cast of flavors in this light and luscious recipe.

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