Grilled Bay Scallops


Growing up in Florida, our family would take our boat out in Tampa Bay and gather scallops. When we returned home, my father would grill them with butter. I think this is the best way to enjoy bay scallops because grilling really brings out their sweet flavor. Serve with extra butter and a lemon wedge.

Grilled Bay Scallops
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • ½ pound bay scallops, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup butter

  • cup chopped onions

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Rinse scallops and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  3. Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and salt.

  4. Place scallops in a large bowl and toss with butter mixture. Let stand for about 2 minutes.

  5. Remove scallops from butter mixture, reserving excess in the bowl. Cook scallops on the preheated grill using a wire grill basket until golden, tossing occasionally for even cooking, 3 to 4 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, return butter mixture to the frying pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and keep warm while scallops cook. Toss grilled scallops in warm butter mixture and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
12g Fat
7g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 285mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 297mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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