Easy Scallop Recipes

Have you ever wondered how to cook scallops? Here’s everything you need to know about these buttery and delicious shellfish, that will have you in the loop in no time. Plus, try these 13 Easy Scallop Recipes!

A bunch of scallops for sale at a street market

Scallops are one of the best things to come from the sea! This versatile shellfish is truly one of the most budget-luxury ingredients you can ever have in your kitchen. All the flavor of fresh seafood, without the hefty price tag! Still, if the thought of preparing scallops has you imagining the dinner scene in Pretty Woman (“Slippery little suckers!”), let’s officially lay those fears to rest.

If you love oysters and mussels, and even if you’ve never tried them, it’s never too late to fall in love with their succulent seafood cousins: buttery scallops!

What Are Scallops?

Scallops are a type of mollusk that comes from the sea. Similar to mussels, oysters, and clams, scallops are a briny muscle that can be shucked and cooked in loads of seafood dishes! There are generally two types of scallops you can find: bay scallops, which are smaller and more tender, and sea scallops, which are larger in size.

What Does a Scallop Taste Like?

Scallops have a succulent, tender texture and sweet, buttery flavor that’s a bit like crab meat or lobster. Fresh scallops taste like the sea, without being fishy.

Are They Good For You?

Are scallops healthy? The answer is, yes! Scallops are heart-healthy, high in good-for-you fats and omega-3 fatty acids that can help lower cholesterol. They’re also rich in magnesium, which can contribute to improving blood circulation and lowering blood pressure!

Scallop Recipes to Try

If you’ve ever wondered how to cook scallops, these easy recipes are the best place to start. You just might discover a new favorite seafood dish!

Cajun Brown Butter Scallops

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For a simple scallop recipe that packs a ton of flavor, look no further! Amp up the flavor factor with a delicious seasoning of spicy browned butter.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

These scallops are coated in a sweet and savory herb glaze and baked to perfection in just around 30 minutes! Everything is better with bacon, right?

creamy garlic scallops in skillet with wooden spoon

Creamy Garlic Scallops

An easy recipe for rich, creamy, flavorful scallops that’s on the table in 20 minutes! Bold garlic mingles with white wine and tomatoes in a luxurious sauce.

side shot of scallops cooking in a lemon cream sauce

Creamy Lemon Butter Scallops

Lemon gives these buttery scallops a jolt of bright, zingy flavor in this deliciously creamy shellfish recipe. This recipe is melt-in-your-mouth and insanely tasty!

scallops wrapped with bacon and a rosemary garnish

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Wrap your seasonal scallops in the best kind of hug – a bacon one! Salty and smoky bacon pairs beautifully with creamy scallops for an easy and impressive appetizer.

pan seared scallops in a bowl with cauliflower risotto

Seared Scallops and Cauliflower Rice Risotto

Grilled Scallop Kebabs with Zucchini and Red Onion

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Possibly the easiest way to grill scallops, alongside tender zucchini and crisp red onion, for a delicious summer meal cooked all in one.

scallops in butter sauce with parsley and lemon slices

Garlic Butter Seared Scallops

A classic for a reason, this beginner’s scallop recipe is seared to perfection in just 10 minutes in a rich and savory garlic butter.

Seared Scallops with lemon on a plate

Easy Pan Seared Scallops Recipe

Fast, easy, and so delicious, this method is a simple way to cook restaurant quality scallops that cut like butter!

Grilled Scallops with Cilantro Yogurt Dip

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Juicy grilled scallops cook up in minutes on skewers, ready for dipping in a creamy homemade cilantro yogurt dressing.

seared scallops in a pan

How To Make The Best Seared Scallops

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Perfect your technique for making the best pan seared scallops at home with this easy recipe and guide. Caramelized on the outside, sweet and juicy on the inside!

Seared Scallops with Corn Relish filled with pea sprouts, bacon and red pepper. An easy light recipe that screams summer with an easy "how to" to ensure you get perfectly seared scallops every time. #glutenfree

Seared Scallops with Corn Relish

Serve up summer on a plate with this recipe for succulent home-cooked scallops and a zesty corn relish made with bacon, red pepper, and lime.

Brown butter scallop pasta on a white plate.

Brown Butter Scallop Pasta

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Browned butter and sage are the ultimate pairing, made even better when there’s scallops in the mix. Tossed over some tender spaghetti, the result is nothing less than an extraordinary seafood pasta!

Sources: Southern Living

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