How to Grill Sea Scallops (Recipe)

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.

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 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.


Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on August 21, 2011:

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, from London, UK on August 21, 2011:

I never had scallps and your hub certainly tempts me.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on August 18, 2011:

It is.

Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on August 18, 2011:

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 from Northeastern United States on August 18, 2011:

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

gredmondson on August 18, 2011:

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

rocco071 from by the lake on August 18, 2011:

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 from Melbourne, Australia on August 17, 2011:

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 from West Coast on August 17, 2011:

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 on August 17, 2011:

The sea scallops look delicious!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on August 17, 2011:

Yummy, I want some now! Looks delicious!

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on August 17, 2011:

They look and sound delicious. I love sea scallops.

Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on August 17, 2011:

I did.

emdi on August 17, 2011:

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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