How to Grill Sea Scallops (Recipe)

Updated on February 24, 2018
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Paul is a barbecue enthusiast. He is currently grilling and smoking on a Komodo Kamado Ultimate 23.

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The key to great sea scallops is getting really fresh ones. Since sea scallops come in a range of sizes, try to get them about the size of a silver dollar so they won't fall through the slats of the grill. The best recipes for grilled sea scallops are simple and avoid extra fat and grease. We also don't recommend grilling scallops for large groups of people since they are a bit fiddly. If you're grilling several dozen at the same time, it's highly likely that they'll get over cooked because it takes a couple minutes just to flip several scallops with tongs. If you want to serve them to a large group, we recommend paring them with a beef option, so guests can enjoy a scallop or two, but you won't have to cook so many that they become difficult to manage. For a real treat, we love combining scallops with Wagyu beef. As the beef is resting, we put the scallops on the hot grill for a couple of minutes.

A couple of side dishes and cocktails go really well with scallops. We recommend serving fresh mojitos and grilled corn on the cobb.

Grill Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 4 min
Ready in: 34 min
Yields: two to three medium scallops per person


  • Garlic Salt, Sprinkled on both sides
  • Black Pepper, Cracked on both sides
  • Olive Oil, Drizzled over the top
  • Sea Scallops, Two to three medium-sized ones per person


  1. Garlic salt and pepper to taste on both sides of the scallops.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the top of them.
  3. Let them marinate in the olive oil, garlic salt, and pepper for at least 30 minutes before grilling at room temperature. The scallops should be room temperature before placing on the grill.
  4. Barbecue at 400 degree heat for 1.5 to 2 minutes per side. Be careful to not over cook. Use a pair of tongs to flip and don't cook so many at one time that you can't manage them on the grill.

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      • Randy Godwin profile image

        Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

        I'm lucky enough to live close to the Gulf of Mexico where scalloping season is looked forward to by many in the area. The "flats" are covered with small boats whose inhabitants snorkel along the sandy ocean floor collecting the delicious shellfish.

        Many of these folks clean the scallops with a "dust buster" portable vac and immediately toss them on a grill on board the boat to consume the ultra fresh morsels.

        But your method of enjoying them sounds good also.

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        Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

        I never had scallps and your hub certainly tempts me.

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        Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

        It is.

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        Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        Scallops are warm all the way through and I do it just by the amount of time. Two minutes top on a 400 degree grill. Make sure the scallops are at room temperature before putting on the grill.

        @sinea pies I just like the layout like this. I thought it was a pretty cool picture.

        @rocco071 I grilled these on the Kamado at 400 degrees. The Kamado grills them super well because of how even the heat is distributed.

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        Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

        Back to the layout observation. Is there an experiment in this? If so, can you share it with us?

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        gredmondson 6 years ago

        Can you describe the feel that tells you they are done?

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        rocco071 6 years ago from by the lake

        Wow Paul, they look so delicious... Did you do them on your Kamado bbq? It's amazing that it's possible to feel the taste even just by looking at them :)

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        Kangaroo_Jase 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

        One can place a sheet of aluminium foil (I thinks it's called aluminum foil in the US) on the grill, this helps with ensuring your precious scallops don't fall through the grill on the BBQ.

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        Druid Dude 6 years ago from West Coast

        Here on the Oregon coast, some restaurants wrap a piece of bacon around 'em and skewer them for grilling or deep fry. I like them scampi style or with some creole sauce. Nice scallops, guy!

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        happypuppy 6 years ago

        The sea scallops look delicious!

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        Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

        Yummy, I want some now! Looks delicious!

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        rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

        They look and sound delicious. I love sea scallops.

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        Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        I did.

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        emdi 6 years ago

        Did you purposefully made this layout for this hub, or did it just happened? A huge photo on the top and ads on the bottom. Interesting!