Scallops are one of the most decedent and elegant dishes that is found on the menus of any fancy restaurant worth their salt. Surprisingly, they are probably the most easy form of shellfish to prepare, and you can do so easily at home.
They have a delicate and naturally sweet flavor that pairs well with a variety of ingredients.
Scallops can be cooked in a variety of ways, but they are commonly seared in a pan or cast iron skillet. They sear very well and develop a delicious golden-brown crust on the outside.
We have compiled a list of 25 of the best scallop recipes we could find on the internet.
Homemade pasta is surprisingly easy to make, and you can make restaurant-quality squid ink pasta to have with delicious pan-seared scallops. This pasta recipe uses semolina flour and eggs.
This makes for the perfect bed upon which to serve your seared scallops. The delicious squid ink pasta is coated with a garlic and butter sauce cooked with white wine, garlic, chicken stock, and fresh oregano.
This meal will impress even the most hard to please foodie.
This quick-and-easy take on a seafood paella with shrimp and scallops uses a pressure cooker. By using a pressure cooker, you can cook this seafood paella in less than half an hour.
The seafood is mixed with onion, garlic, peppers, garden peas, chicken broth, and of course, rice. This is all infused with a blend of delicious spices. Give it a try if you own a pressure cooker.
These pan-seared scallops with a beautiful honey and garlic butter glaze create a beautiful, sticky, sweet golden-brown crust on the surface of the scallops. The sweetness of the honey really pairs well with the seafood.
The dish is garnished with some fresh green onions for color and a little acidity to counteract the sweetness from the thick, sticky sauce. Delightful!
This stunning recipe is deceptively simple and incredibly delicious. It also looks incredible and wouldn’t look out of place in even the fanciest restaurant.
Cauliflower purée is a great pairing with the scallops, as the flavors doesn’t overpower the subtle taste of the scallops. This dish makes for the perfect appetizer or a nice light meal.
You may not have heard of garlic scapes before, let alone tried it. Garlic scapes are, in fact, the flower of the garlic plant and can be used in Chinese-style stir-fry dishes and, of course, it goes incredibly well with scallops.
This fragrant scallop stir-fry dish is perfect for a flavorful evening meal.
Puréed peas are a beautiful accompaniment to seared scallops. Especially when the peas are flavored with ginger and topped with a cilantro gremolata! This recipe is delicious and classy, and its presentation will impress anyone.
Make this dish as a beautiful appetizer or a light meal.
This quick-and-easy recipe with beautifully crispy pan-seared scallops with a zesty lemon and basil sauce over fresh pasta and topped with Parmesan cheese can be made in only 15 minutes.
Incredibly simple and delicious, it combines only a few ingredients to make a mouthwatering and indulgent dish.
In only 22 minutes, you can cook this delicious meal at home. Delicious and buttery scallops are balanced with minted peas and smoky bacon to create a beautiful combination of flavors.
Best of all, this meal can be made all in a single pan, which saves on washing up.
Beautifully seared scallops with a side of fresh green beans and corn make for a protein-rich, low-carb, and delicious meal. This is a really easy recipe that you can make at home in as little as 30 minutes.
You can make this meal your own by adding your favorite combination of herbs to sprinkle over the scallops.
Barbecued seafood is always a great bet when it comes to summer. When backyard grilling season comes around, give these scallop and shrimp kabobs a try.
Fire up those hot coals and get some shrimp and scallops on a skewer, and drench them in fresh lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. It’s simple, healthy, and so delicious.
This dish is simply mouth watering and surprisingly easy to make. Pan-seared scallops with a really indulgent lemon and butter sauce with salty bacon bits make for a restaurant-quality dish, and it only takes around 30 minutes to make.
This delicious grilled scallop salad is packed full of nutrients and flavor. This vibrant salad is incredibly colorful and zesty, with fresh lime juice, cilantro, and chopped jalapeños for a little spicy kick.
This fancy-restaurant-worthy meal can be made in only half an hour!
Indulgent and creamy Parmesan risotto is the ideal bed for golden-brown seared scallops, and with some garlic-sauteed greens on the side, you have your perfectly balanced meal right there.
Black bean sauce is a classic Chinese condiment that pairs beautifully with just about any form of seafood, and scallops are no exception. This dish can be made in next to no time, all in a single pan.
This recipe uses Shaoxing wine as a base for the savory sauce, and beautifully fragrant ingredients such as ginger and garlic for an authentically Chinese style seafood dish.
While this recipe might not be health-conscious, it is nonetheless incredibly tasty. These scallops are dipped in seasoned flour, egg, and breadcrumbs to create a delicious golden brown crust when they’re deep-fried in oil.
These deep-fried scallops go beautifully with some tartar sauce on the side.
This scallop recipe features an incredibly creamy risotto with mascarpone cheese and cubed, crispy pancetta. These creamy flavors along with salty pancetta go so well with the natural sweetness of the scallops.
This delicious warm scallop salad features oyster mushrooms and zucchini with diced anchovies, shallots, fresh lemon juice, chopped chives and tarragon, and Boston lettuce. This is definitely a recipe to try for lovers of seafood.
The combination of fresh, sweet, and savory flavors are well-balanced and delicious.
Fish stew is always a go to for something hearty, comforting, and filling. If you’re a lover of seafood, then give this wintery meal a try. You can make this dish your own by adding all your favorite cuts of fish, such as halibut, cod, sole, or snapper.
This beautiful green pea soup with turmeric, ginger, cumin seeds, tamarind paste, and chili pasta bakes for the perfect accompaniment to buttery, pan-seared scallops. This dish can be served as an appetizer or as a light main course.
Grilling scallops in their shells is a great way to cook them. Try this on the barbecue next time you fire up the grill. The shells are also a great way to serve them, as they come on their own natural little plates!
Flavor them however you like, but we recommend fresh lemon juice and maybe some chili if you like a little spice.
This recipe for pan-seared scallops with a fruity and spicy papaya sauce is sure to get your taste buds tingling. So many fresh vegetables and fruits come together to create a vibrant and exciting blend of bold flavors.
Give this one a try if you’re looking for something intensely flavorful to make with your scallops.
Here, we have a recipe that calls for beautifully cooked scallops with a garlic and parsley butter sauce, served on top of fresh toast. This is a really simple recipe that takes no time at all to make.
Try this recipe for a light lunch or as an appetizer.
This delicious pasta dish has an incredible array of different textures and flavors, from the naturally sweet scallops, to the rich and intense sun-dried tomatoes, and crunchy and umami pine nuts.
Linguine with scallops pairs amazing with a glass of cold white wine. Give it a try for a fancy restaurant-quality meal.
This easy way to prepare scallops is simple and full of flavor. Scallops and white wine are an absolutely classic pairing, and the flavors work so well together. Only a handful of simple ingredients are used to make this white wine reduction.
Try this one out at home for a remarkable meal.
These marinated scallops are packed with delicious flavor. Let’s be honest, when anything is wrapped in bacon, it’s instantly better. The marinade consists of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and soy sauce.
The scallops are then wrapped in bacon and secured with a toothpick before being baked in the oven. Give this one a try for a delicious appetizer or for some hor d’oeuvres if you’re having a dinner party.
That concludes our list of the 25 best scallop recipes. Which one looked the most delicious to you? We hope that our list has given you some inspiration and that you can’t wait to get into the kitchen to make your own delicious scallop dish.
Below, we will answer some common questions you may have regarding scallops and how to cook them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Are Scallops Expensive?
Scallops are really delicious and healthy, and for this reason they are in high demand. They can also be difficult to farm, and they are hard work to collect. For these reasons, scallops are relatively expensive.
What Is The Best Way To Eat Scallops?
The best way to eat scallops is when they’re prepared with simple ingredients. They are often cooked with garlic and white wine.
However, because the scallops themselves have a delicate and sightly sweet flavor that is a shame to mask beneath other bold flavors that might overpower them.
How Long Will Scallop Last In The Fridge?
Scallops can last up to 2 days in the fridge. Ideally, you’ll want to eat the scallops as fresh as possible. You can, however, freeze scallops to extend their shelf life.
Can I Refreeze Thawed Scallops?
If the scallops have been thawed in the refrigerator and not at room temperature, then they are safe to be refrozen.