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.
Seared Scallps with Bacon and Oranges
Serve this company-worthy platter with a green salad, and you're set for an elegant, fuss-free meal that's ready in less than half an hour. Cooking the scallops in bacon fat imparts a salty sweetness and helps them crisp on the outside while cooking slowly on the inside. A dressing of orange juice, vinegar, and salt drizzled over the simply seasoned scallops imparts even more sweet flavor. Top this 5-ingredient dish evenly with bacon, orange sections, and thyme. For a more affordable (but equally tasty) option, try using shrimp in place of the scallops.
Seared Scallops and Herb Butter Sauce
Serve these tender scallops with roasted green beans and shallots.
Seared Scallops with Haricots Verts
Lemony haricots verts provide a crunchy counterpoint to the seared scallops.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Puree
Pair sea scallops with a cauliflower and potato puree for an elegant yet weeknight-friendly meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scallop Piccata with Sautéed Spinach
Italian for "angry," arrabbiata is a spicy tomato sauce. For true fury, use 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper in this delicious seafood dish.
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.
Seared Sea Scallops with Satsuma, Parsley, and Shallot Salsa
Perfectly seared sea scallops are finished with a homemade citrus salsa. The star, winter’s satsuma, 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.
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.
Scallops with Spinach and Paprika Syrup
Seared scallops and spicy paprika syrup make for a light and flavorful combination.
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.
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.
Save this recipe for your next date night at home. Serve with wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas.
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.
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.
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.