Our Favorite Side Dishes for Scallops
Scallops cook in just minutes over the stove, making them an excellent go-to for weeknight dinners or even last-minute hors d'oeuvres. (Shhh, no one has to know.) But there's more to these mollusks than their quick cook time. Briny, sweet, and meaty, scallops can anchor a number of sides, from bright salads to denser dishes like pasta and potatoes. Here are some ideas to inspire your next shellfish dish .
Refreshing Summer Squash Salad
Peas and Pancetta
Mom's Zucchini Pie
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Shallots
Never underestimate the power of mashed potatoes to complement seafood, especially briny scallops. The richness of creamy potatoes and the sharp sweetness of shallot will get the job done.
Delicious Creamed Kale with Mushrooms
Serving scallops over a bed of creamed kale and mushrooms would allow them to soak up some this side's rich sauce. A match made in creamy heaven.
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas
Simple sides? Yes, please. Scratch that. Yes, peas. Scallops and sugar snap peas share a subtle sweetness, making them a natural combination.
Lemon Asparagus Risotto
"Excellent. Mellow but balanced flavor, colorful (I added orange bell pepper), and a beautiful side dish for the sauteed scallops I served this with. Just what I was looking for," writes naples34102. "I like a little lemon, but not too much, so I used the lemon juice but not the zest. This was perfect -- no criticisms."
Al's Sufferin' Succotash
This succotash would be a seamless addition to a plate of scallops bathed in butter. Green chiles gives it a kick that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of scallops.
Chef John's Pasta Primavera
Home cooks rave about this pasta's fresh flavor in addition to its vibrant color. A colorful assortment of vegetables, basil, and diced jalapeños would balance buttery seared scallops in the best way.