Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

07/28/2019 Cooking  4 comments

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops is an eloquent dish marinated in the juices of lemon, a hint of garlic, wrapped in olive oil with Italian seasonings all grilled to perfection! So simple to make and ready in minutes! 

Impress your guests with this easy to make scallop recipe for your next dinner party! If you love scallops be sure to try these Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce, Garlic Butter Herb Scallops or Honey Garlic Butter Scallops.

Grilled Lemon Garlic scallops on the grill

 

Grilled Scallops

These Grilled Scallops get me every time! They are easy to prepare, quick to cook and look like a million dollars all plated up!

The crispy outside and tender juicy inside make these unforgettable with every bite! Enjoy these scallops as an appetizer, main dish or a side dish for any meal. They pair well with most seafood and steaks.

My family thought we were having a decadent meal the other night when I was grilling these up! Everyone was impressed with the presentation as well as the taste. They were a win-win for our family!

What ingredients do you need for grilled scallops?

  • Scallops
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper

How do you make grilled scallops?

  • In a medium-sized bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Italian seasoning.
  • Salt and pepper the scallops and add to the bowl and toss in the marinade to coat. Let marinate in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • Place the scallops on a grill over medium-high heat. Let cook on each side for about 2 minutes or until cooked throughout and slightly charred.

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops marinating

 

What are scallops?

Scallop is a common name that is primarily applied to any one of numerous species of saltwater clams or marine bivalve mollusks in the taxonomic family Pectinidae, the scallops.

How to thaw scallops:

  • Place frozen scallops in a bowl of cold water for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave in the refrigerator overnight or until they are completely thawed.
  • Take them out of the cold water and gently pat them dry and absorb all the liquid                                                                           before marinating them.

What do scallops taste like?

They are often described as similar to crab or lobster, but more firm. Their flavor tends to be sweet and delicate, but it’s the texture that really makes them interesting and enticing. When cooked correctly, they are soft and chewy but not rubbery or tough.

Are sea scallops good for you?

Scallops are 80 percent protein.  They are also a good source of magnesium and potassium.

grilled lemon garlic scallops

 

Can I sear the scallops?

Yes! Follow the instructions on marinating them. When ready to sear the scallops, place them in a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Turn to medium-high heat. Sear the scallops 3 to 4 minutes or until sides are golden brown.

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

Servings 6

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops is an eloquent dish marinated in the juices of lemon, a hint of garlic, wrapped in olive oil with Italian seasonings all grilled to perfection! So simple to make and ready in minutes! 

 

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound scallops
  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Italian seasoning.

  2. Salt and pepper the scallops and add to the bowl and toss in the marinade to coat. Let marinate in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

  3. Place the scallops on a grill over medium-high heat. Let cook on each side for about 2 minutes or until cooked throughout and slightly charred.

Nutrition Facts

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

Amount Per Serving

Calories 136 Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g 14%

Saturated Fat 1g 5%

Cholesterol 18mg 6%

Sodium 297mg 12%

Potassium 171mg 5%

Carbohydrates 3g 1%

Fiber 1g 4%

Sugar 1g 1%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 14IU0%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 21mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 comments to Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

  • Amie  says:

    Pan seared scallops with lemon butter is my favorite way to eat sea scallops. Scallops are perfect for date night or any special occasion, yet they’re super easy to make and difficult to screw up. Cooked in a cast iron skillet right on the grill or stove top.

    • Julie A  says:

      Hi Amy,
      Thanks for your comment. If you have a recipe to share, I will post it with your name.

      Julie

  • Stacy  says:

    Pan Seared Scallops with Garlic Cream Sauce is an elegant yet easy dish that is perfect for a special occasion or any week-night dinner. In 30 minutes or less you can have beautifully caramelized scallops in a rich and flavorful cream sauce.

  • Nikki  says:

    Use a fish spatula to carefully flip scallops and cook for an additional 1-2 min. Remove scallops from the griddle and allow to rest. Drain excess oil from the pan and return to …

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