How to Grill Sea Scallops (Recipe)

Updated on February 11, 2020
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Paul is a barbecue enthusiast. He is currently grilling and smoking on a Komodo Kamado Ultimate 23.

These grilled sea scallops are delicious and easy to prepare.
These grilled sea scallops are delicious and easy to prepare.
4.5 stars from 6 ratings of Grilled Sea Scallops

The key to preparing great sea scallops is getting really fresh ones. Since sea scallops come in a range of sizes, try to get some that are 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 overcooked because it takes a couple of minutes just to flip several scallops with tongs.

If you want to serve sea scallops to a large group, we recommend pairing 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 cob.

Grill Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 4 min
Ready in: 34 min
Yields: 2–3 medium scallops per person


  • 2–3 medium sea scallops per person
  • black pepper
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt


  1. Garlic salt and pepper both sides of the scallops to taste.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the tops of the scallops.
  3. Let them marinate in the olive oil, garlic salt, and pepper for at least 30 minutes before grilling. The scallops should be at room temperature before being placed on the grill.
  4. Barbecue at 400-degree heat for 1.5 to 2 minutes per side. Be careful to not overcook. Use a pair of tongs to flip the scallops, 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 

      8 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.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I never had scallps and your hub certainly tempts me.

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      8 years ago from Northeastern United States

      It is.

    • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Edmondson 

      8 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.

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      8 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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      8 years ago

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

    • rocco071 profile image


      8 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 :)

    • Kangaroo_Jase profile image


      8 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.

    • Druid Dude profile image

      Druid Dude 

      8 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!

    • happypuppy profile image


      8 years ago

      The sea scallops look delicious!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Yummy, I want some now! Looks delicious!

    • rebekahELLE profile image


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      They look and sound delicious. I love sea scallops.

    • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Edmondson 

      8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I did.

    • emdi profile image


      8 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!


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