Grilled Sea Scallops

When you purchase sea scallops be sure that they are "dry pack". This means that they are not soaked in a chemical bath to retain water. A sure sign of treated scallops is if they are  sitting in a white liquid in the pan. Good scallops should be clean and a little tacky to the touch. These dry scallops can even be used raw for sushi which means you really can't undercook your scallops while grilling.

  • When marinating dry scallops, keep in mind that they are like sponges and really soak up a liquid, only marinate for about 15 minutes to 1/2 hour at most.


  • 1/2 pound sea scallops per person

Marinade I

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • lemon zest

  • herbed sea salt

Marinade II

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon hot smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  • Pick your marinade of choice, use the ones above or one of our fresh marinades. Whichever you choose, marinate scallops for no more than 1/2 hour at room temp.

  • Mix all ingredients together with scallops. You may grill them individually or double skewer them.

  • Prepare grill, it should be medium high. Using tongs, place scallops on hot grill, rotate after 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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