CNYEats A Taste of Utica: Grilled Scallops

by Joanne on September 26, 2010

This week our recipe is on page 74 of A Taste of Utica

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This recipe can be either an appetizer or a meal for two. 

If you aren’t familiar with cooking scallops, this is a great time to start. 

Tips:  Rinse scallops and pat dry.  Try to get as dry as possible because if you don’t the scallop will retain water and you won’t get a nice caramelization on the outside when grilled. 

Fresh scallops are best.  


  • 1 lb Scallops
  • 1/2 lemon cut in to wedges
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup butter (or 0% Trans Fat Margarine such as Promise Healthy Heart)
  • pinch of salt and pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Microwave the butter/margarine until it fully melts.  Add the garlic, onion, scallops, salt and pepper.  Squeeze the lemon juice over everything and mix around.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Using a grill, cook the scallops for about 2 minutes on each side.  Medium heat (top rack if you have one). 

In a sauce pan, heat the marinade from the scallops in a pan over simmering heat.  Add the scallops.  Cook and stir for about 5 minutes.


*The same method was used to grill swordfish.  Superb!


Use sea scallops in this recipe NOT bay scallops. Bay scallops are the really small ones. They’re very good and have a nice sweet taste when bought fresh.  But this recipe is for the larger sea scallop.  Make sure you purchase the correct shell fish.


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  • At 2010.09.26 13:28, claudia lamascolo said:

    you have to know by now these are my weakness can eat enough to pass out on and these would make that list!

    • At 2010.09.26 14:30, Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

      I’ve never made scallops at home, but this seems easy enough recipe that I might even try cooking them! 🙂

      • At 2010.09.26 14:32, Monet said:

        Joanne, Thank you for sharing. We love sea scallops, and we don’t eat them nearly as much as we should! This post reminded me about why I love them so much…they are so delicious and don’t require a lot of fuss!

        • At 2010.09.26 18:11, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

          Oh yum! (So ready for Challenge 2 voting to start! Got my clicker finger ready.)

          • At 2010.09.26 20:29, Leslie said:

            This looks delicious! You cooked them perfectly, too.

            • At 2010.09.27 02:00, Tammy said:

              They look delicious and as Leslie said, I think you cooked them perfectly!

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