Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops is an eloquent dish marinated in the juices of a lemon, 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 makes 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 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 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

What side dishes go well with scallops?

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 scallops instead of using a grill?

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.

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grilled lemon garlic scallops on a plate with lettuce

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6

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

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword grilled scallops, scallops, how to grill scallops, lemon butter

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound scallops

Instructions

  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 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 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 297mg12%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 14IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    love scallops. they are one of the few seafoods that I like but don’t ever remember the last time I’ve made them, so thank you for this reminder!

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