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How to Grill Sea Scallops (Recipe)

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These grilled sea scallops are delicious and easy to prepare.

These grilled sea scallops are delicious and easy to prepare.

Simple and Fresh

The best recipes for grilled sea scallops are simple and avoid extra fat and grease.

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.

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

4 min

34 min

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.