Fresh scallops are delicious. How do you usually cook them? Check out these 20 best fresh scallop recipes from fellow food bloggers!
How often do you cook with scallops?
Even though fresh scallops are widely available here in Belgium, I have to admit that they don’t often end up on our dinner table. And when they do, it is always in the summer.
One of my favorite scallop recipes to prepare are my Vietnamese style scallops with butter, peanuts and spring onion. An idea that I picked up while traveling in Vietnam!
Let me know your favorite scallop recipes in the comments below!
Wet vs. Dry Scallops
Cooking fresh scallops is easy.
What I learned only recently is that there are two types of scallops: wet and dry scallops!
Wet scallops are marinated in a water solution with sodium tripolyphosphate. That preserves them once the scallops are harvested at sea. Dry scallops on the other hand are not treated in this way.
When I was assembling this scallop recipes roundup, practically every chef and blogger recommended using dry scallops. Apparently wet scallops can have a slight aftertaste.
Did you know this?
Food Bloggers & Chefs
I could not have assembled this scallop recipes roundup without the help of fellow food bloggers and head chefs. Credits for all the scallop recipes below go to them of course, I am just the messenger.
They did the hard work, not me. So I added plenty of links in the texts and pictures for you to click on. Is there a scallop recipes that you like? Click on the link and you will be redirected to the right page!
Check out these 20 best fresh scallop recipes from fellow food bloggers…
Here we go!
20 Best Fresh Scallop Recipes
1) Creamy Garlic Pasta with Pan Seared Scallops (Fork In The Kitchen)
And yes, I have to admit that the first recipe that comes to my mind here…
When I am thinking about fresh scallop recipes, is a heavenly spaghetti! Pasta and fresh scallops? That is a heavenly combination, wouldn’t you agree? Credits for this lush looking creamy garlic pasta with pan seared scallops below go to Becca who is the blogger behind Fork In The Kitchen. I love that golden sear on those fresh scallops, absolute perfection.
And I couldn’t agree more with Becca when she says this: “My spaghetti in a lovely creamy garlic sauce topped off with beautifully pan seared brown butter scallops makes a perfect date night dinner for two!”
Thank you so much Becca for this beauty!
2) Scallops And Mushrooms In White Wine Sauce Over Crème Fraîche Polenta (Floating Kitchen)
Next up in this fresh scallops recipes roundup…
Another gorgeous scallops dinner that will blow you away! Fresh scallops and mushrooms in a rich white wine sauce served over crème fraîche polenta… That one has my name written all over it. Bring it on. Liz over at Floating Kitchen came up with this heavenly idea!
And she says: “Cooking fresh scallops couldn’t be more easier. Even with just a little salt, pepper and oil, fresh scallops make such a delicious meal. I went a bit fancier and dressed these fresh scallops up with mushrooms, shallots, thyme and a rich white wine sauce. Serve them over a creamy soft crème fraîche polenta. Absolutely to die for.”
Thank you so much Liz!
3) Seared Scallops With Quinoa, Apple Salad And Butternut Pumpkin (Hill Street Grocer)
Another gorgeous fresh scallop recipes right here!
And what I instantly liked about these seared scallops with quinoa, apple salad and butternut pumpkin was the freshness of the ingredients. No rich cream or butter sauce this time (not that we mind a rich dinner of course) but a highly elegant scallop dream on a plate.
I found this one over at Hill Street Grocer, a gourmet grocery store that is owned and run by brothers Marco, Nick and Nektarios Nikitaras and their families.
And they say: “These colorful seared scallops are seriously impressive both in taste and appearance! You will be surprised to see how simple it is to prepare!”
Thank you so much guys for this inspirational scallop recipes!
4) Bacon And Corn Tomato Salad with Grilled Scallops (Dad With A Pan)
Corn and fresh scallops, those two go so well together.
Imagine adding other flavors to it like bacon and fresh tomatoes! If you immediately start to salivate, then you will absolutely love these bacon and corn tomato salad with grilled scallops!
Credits for this colorful and zesty treat go to chef Derek, an IT professional by day and home cook for his family by night. He runs the blog Dad With A Pan.
And he says: “This bacon and corn tomato salad is light and so refreshing. I was thinking about turning this lovely side salad into a great dinner. So I topped it with grilled scallops. The perfect summer evening dinner!”
Thank you so much Derek for the inspiration!
5) Seared Scallops with Coconut Lemongrass Sauce (Feasting At Home)
How about a fresh scallop recipes with an Asian twist?
I found what I am looking for over at Feasting At Home. Sylvia is the blogger behind it and the creator of these seared scallops in a zingy zesty coconut lemongrass sauce! Coconut and lemongrass are two flavors that are a great match for the delicate scallop meat.
Here is what Sylvia says: “You can easily adapt this delicious scallop recipes. The coconut and lemongrass sauce also goes well with chicken, sea bass, prawns and tofu. Serve the seared scallops over cooked rice and spoon that fragrant lemongrass and coconut sauce on top of it. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh basil and lime zest.”
Thank you so much Sylvia!
6) Hoisin Glazed Scallops with Spinach & Cilantro (Fine Cooking)
Hoisin sauce and scallops?
I would love to try out that flavor combination! Last week I prepared duck with pancakes and hoisin sauce for dinner, and I need to turn that jar of hoisin sauce into another dinner soon. How about this one!
And she says: “For the best result, use dry scallops rather than wet scallops. The wet ones have been soaked in a sodium solution that will keep them from browning nicely.”
I learned something new today, thank you so much Lori!
7) Garlic Butter Scallops with Watermelon Salsa (How Sweet Eats)
Here is another great summer scallop dinner!
Rice, garlic butter, fresh scallops and watermelon? Wait a minute, that sounds just absolutely amazing!
It is not the first time that a recipe from Jessica Merchant behind How Sweet Eats ends up in one of my recipe roundups. Do check out her recipe website!
And Jessica says this about her scallop recipes: “These garlic butter scallops are truly summer on a plate! I don’t know why but the watermelon salsa just sounds so good on seared scallops. It adds a super refreshing and crisp touch to it but it is not overwhelming at all. Perfect because otherwise it would overpower the fresh scallops.”
Thank you so much Jessica for this summer treat!
8) Maple Carrot Bisque with Seared Scallops & Candied Bacon (Valerie Cogswell)
We haven’t had a soup here in this fresh scallop recipes roundup yet!
I like the velvety look of this maple carrot bisque. And it looks so rich and creamy! The toppings are crazy: seared scallops and candied bacon and pecan nuts. Wow! Credits go to Valerie Cogswell. She is an acclaimed nutrition expert and chef. Check her recipe website, Valerie Coggswell.
And she says: “Are you ready for a decadent scallop recipes? What I like about this soup and toppings is that you can make it all the day before. Just sear the fresh scallops on the spot right before serving. This soup is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Or a way to impress family and friends.”
Thank you Valerie!
9) Scallops With Citrus Sauce Over Fresh Greens (Longo’s)
And let’s go from a soup to another lovely treat: a crisp green salad!
With fresh scallops of course. I instantly loved the juicy and plump look of these beautifully seared scallops. Not to mention the sound of that citrus sauce that goes with them!
I found this recipe for freshly seared scallops with citrus sauce and fresh greens over at a the website of Longo’s, a Toronto based supermarket company.
Fresh scallops on a bed of lettuce, drizzled with a zingy zesty lemon and orange dressing? That sounds like the perfect light summer salad if you ask me! I am sure that you are going to like this one.
Thank you so much guys for this inspirational scallop recipes!
10) Saffron, Leek and Scallop Risotto (The Healthy Hunter Blog)
We love a good risotto here at home.
But I have actually never added any protein to it. Apart from smoked fish once, which was delicious. So the idea behind this next saffron, leek and scallop risotto sounds very appealing to me! I found it over at The Healthy Hunter Blog, where Holly has assembled a bunch of her delicious recipes.
And she says: “This risotto is so delicate and light. Risotto is still the sort of starchy comfort food that I can’t help but crave at this time of year. Great thing here is, you can use any type of seafood on top of this risotto, like prawns for instance. Or keep it vegetarian.”
Thank you so much Holly!
11) Green Coconut Curry with Seared Scallops And Broccolini (Zestful Kitchen)
Do you often prepare a creamy Thai curry at home for dinner?
I usually add chicken to curries, but Thai curries also works with scallops of course! Look how amazing this green coconut curry with seared scallops and broccolini looks. Credits for it go to Lauren Grant who is behind Zestful Kitchen.
And she says this about her scallop recipes: “This easy Thai green coconut curry with freshly seared scallops is the perfect I-want-to-impress-you dinner meal. It looks so very pretty and also quite complex to make. But believe me, this meal comes together quickly and is so easy to make. A delicious weekday dinner for two!”
Thank you so much Lauren for this inspirational recipe!
12) Pan Fried Scallops with Peas, Roast Fennel And Basil Pesto (Cook With Marks & Spencer)
Fresh scallops and peas go so well together.
It is one of those flavor combinations that just works. If nothing else works, you can always go back to a classic combo like this one.
Let’s take the classic scallops and peas up one level and add a couple of other flavors to it! How about these pan fresh scallop with peas, roasted fennel and basil pesto? I found this recipe over at Cook With Marks & Spencer.
Roasted fennel is a real treat. But in this dish right here I am sure that it is the basil pesto that ties all the flavors together. I would happily have these scallops and peas for summer lunch!
Thanks Marks & Spencer for the inspiration!
13) Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Chive Butter (Dash Of Savory)
So next up in our scallop recipes roundup here…
And another epic flavor combo if you ask me: scallops and corn! And oh yes, another one of my favourites: buttery polenta! Victoria is the blogger behind this blog called Dash Of Savory.
“These seared scallops with roasted corn and chive butter is such a fancy and impressive dish to make at home. You will love this rich butter sauce with fresh chives, garlic and smoky paprika. Add to that the roasted corn and that buttery and creamy polenta. This posh looking dinner is on your table in 30 minutes tops. It is delicious and a just perfect for a special occasion.”
Thank you so much Victoria for this inspiration recipe!
14) Sea Scallop Carpaccio With Pink Peppercorns And Lamb’s Lettuce Salad (Au Fil Des Saisons)
How do you feel about raw seafood?
I will certainly never say no to raw scallops, I love it! La Villa du Parc Amélie is the home of Bank of Luxembourg’s restaurant. Head chef of this restaurant is Werner Wagner.
Au Fil Des Saisons is both a website and a book that was made to reveal the secrets behind some of La Villa du Parc’s most iconic dishes. And this sea scallop carpaccio with pink peppercorns is one of them that caught my eye!
This carpaccio might look intimidating, but the ingredients list is pretty straight forward if you ask me.
Certainly an impressive eye catcher of a starter!
Thanks for the inspiration, Bank of Luxembourg and chef Werner Wagner!
15) Pan Seared Scallops And Tomatoes (DeLallo)
I was looking for a scallop recipes with capers…
And that is how I ended up over at the DeLallo’s website, where these pan seared scallops and tomatoes made a big impression on me. This is my kind of scallop dish! Fresh, light, vibrant and quick to make.
And here is what the people behind it say about this dish: “Who says that you can’t eat like a king or queen during a busy week? This is a very easy to prepare seafood meal. It contains sweet and tender sea scallops that are served in a delicious homemade tomato sauce with garlic and capers. An absolute treat. You will love it!”
Thank you so much for this inspirational scallop recipes!
16) Colorful Cauliflower And Scallop Linguine (Food Republic)
So we kicked this scallop recipes roundup off with a delicious pasta recipe…
Well here is another one below! And what a pretty plate this is: a colorful cauliflower and scallop linguine. Credits for this beauty go to Nikki Dinki on Food Republic. She is a Food Network host and has a cookbook that puts vegetables in the spotlight. This pasta recipe is a great example of that!
And Nikki says: “This simple but special pasta is so easy to make! Just imagine browned butter, fried garlic, zesty lemon and sweet scallops. Add to that a handful of purple, orange and green cauliflower florets. This linguine recipe comes with a warning: it is so pretty!”
Thank you so much Nikki!
17) Miso Glazed Scallops (Two Red Bowls)
I confess, I have a serious weakness for miso paste…
Any recipe with miso! So you can imagine that I jumped up when I saw this next scallop recipes: delicious miso glazed scallops. This one definitely needs to be part of my roundup here! Credits for this one go to Cynthia who is the food blogger behind Two Red Bowls.
And here is what she says: “These miso glazed scallops are an incredibly easy holiday meal. I love their deeply savory touch and then that gently sweet caramelization because of the combination of the miso, mirin, sake and a touch of sugar. Yes, it is that simple. You will love these juicy break apart scallops.”
Thank you so much Cynthia!
18) Seared Scallops With A Lentil And Chorizo Salad (Eat North)
I love lentils.
But how about the combination of lentils and scallops? Well that sounds absolutely great, especially with the addition of that chorizo sausage! I suggest that you take a look at these lovely seared scallops with a lentil and chorizo salad from Dan Clapson over at Eat North!
And Dan says: “This dish is Western Canada on a plate. Just look at it: fresh scallops from the West Coast, sitting on top of a rich lentil salad with Saskatchewan camelina oil, white wine and fresh apples from the Okanagan. And then that pork and mustard from Alberta. This lentil salad is the perfect meal on a warm spring evening.”
Thank you so much Dan for this vibrant scallop recipes!
19) Scallops, Chorizo And Fried Eggs On Toast (Gourmet Traveller)
So we have had soups, pastas, full dinners and salads…
What else can we add to this fresh scallop recipes roundup? How about toast? What do you think of these scallops, chorizo and fried eggs on toast that I found over at Australian Gourmet Traveller? No way I could ever say no to a treat like that!
All credits for this Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for scallops, chorizo and fried eggs on toast go to Ben Greeno. He used to be executive chef at Momofuku Seiobo and is head chef at Hotel Centennial in Sydney now.
This recipe makes a lovely decadent breakfast or light lunch of you ask me! Would you try it?
Thanks Ben Greeno for the inspiration!
20) Seared Scallops With Samphire And Hazelnut Crumble (Ryland Peters & Small)
And last but not least!
What do you think of these seared scallops with samphire and a hazelnut crumble? Do you know what samphire is? Have you ever tasted it? I love it. Samphire also goes by the name of sea beans. It is a crunchy and salty vegetable.
I found this scallop recipes over at Ryland Peters & Small, an independent illustrated publisher. This creation and beer pairing comes from The Beer Lover’s Table by Claire Bullen and Jen Ferguson. So credits go to them of course.
Scallops, hazelnuts, samphire, lemon and butter? That sounds like a fine treat to me!
Thanks for this inspirational scallop recipes!