Scallop Recipes

Simple to make and gorgeous on the plate, scallops make for a gourmet appetizer or side. Get recipes to make them baked, fried, and bacon-wrapped.

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Seared Scallops with Spicy Papaya Sauce

Rating: 4.47 stars
I made this for my husbands birthday, and it was a hit. We both ooohed and aaahed throughout dinner.

Bay Scallops with Garlic Parsley Butter Sauce

Rating: 4.48 stars
They say smell is the sense most closely linked to memory recall, and that was certainly the case while making these garlicky, buttery bay scallops on toast. As waves of the wonderful aromas wafted up from the pan, they brought back a flood of vivid memories of my first kitchen job.

Scallops with White Wine Sauce II

Rating: 4.55 stars
White wine, butter, and shallots make a great sauce for scallops. This is easy and non-creamy for those that don't like cream sauces.

Linguine with Seafood and Sundried Tomatoes

Rating: 4.58 stars
A wonderful blend of seafood and citrus! The secret ingredient is the lemon peel! Thanks to my Dad, this is one of our favorites! TIP: Have all the ingredients ready and prepared so you can whip this recipe up in no time!

Tarragon Lover's Scallops

Rating: 4.6 stars
Lightly browned sea scallops complemented by a smooth brown butter sauce with fresh tarragon. All you fans of tarragon, this is the recipe for you!

Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.61 stars
This is an incredibly basic but extremely versatile dressing.

Marinated Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

Rating: 4.69 stars
This sweet and salty, melt-in-your-mouth appetizer is sure to please anyone!

Seared Scallops with Tropical Salsa

Rating: 4.59 stars
The delicious taste of scallops is perfectly complemented by a wonderful fresh fruit salsa in this quick but elegant dish. Be sure to use large, plump sea scallops rather than smaller bay scallops and take care not to overcook the scallops; they should remain tender and moist. Feel free to substitute any of your favorite exotic fruits for the pineapple and mango in the salsa.

Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

Rating: 4.6 stars
Scallops sauteed in butter and garlic will melt in your mouth. Lemon juice gives it a nice kick.

Broiled Scallops

Rating: 4.34 stars
My husband thinks these scallops are better than any we have found in any restaurant.

Sauteed Scallops

Rating: 4.56 stars
A very simple recipe for how delicious it is! Just crush the garlic with the side of a chef's knife blade instead of chopping it, and using whole sprigs of rosemary allows them to be easily removed before serving.

Scallop Gratin

Rating: 4.73 stars
As far as I'm concerned, a simple gratin is the most delicious way to cook fresh scallops. The only real way to screw this recipe up would be to use the wrong scallops. And by wrong, I mean any scallops that have been soaked in a preservative brine. These are easy to identify, as they're usually sitting in a pool of milky liquid. What you want are usually sold as wild 'day-boat,' 'diver,' or 'dry-pack' scallops. They are really expensive, and worth every penny. Serve with French bread for dipping.

Inspiration and Ideas

Broiled Scallops

"Excellent, easy, yummy!! It has the perfect combo of butter and lemon juice. Not too much, not too little!!" – Holly Kilcer

Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Ritz Crackers®

Rating: 5 stars

My late mother created this recipe over thirty years ago. My grandparents, my father, and myself have enjoyed these baked stuffed shrimp every other Friday for many years. It's a tradition - we eat baked stuffed shrimp for dinner and then play cards! (We've been leaving out the scallops lately due to the high price, and we don't even miss them.) We serve the shrimp with a nice garden salad and rice pilaf or baked potato.