What to make with scallops: 31 delicious recipes plus useful storage tips

Learn what to make with scallops with this collection of 32 amazing recipes. Choose an appetizer, salad, or unique dinner idea. There are lots of great scallop ideas to try. And we’ve added some important storage information too.

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Scallop Recipes

Scallops are a form of mollusk shellfish that is typically found in saltwater. They are on the pricier end of the seafood spectrum making them perfect for special occasions.

They are delicate and velvety in texture and have a sweet and slightly nutty flavor.

Add buttery scallops to your main dish or make a perfect side dish your whole family will love.

An easy recipe would be sauteed scallops. The subtle flavor pairs well with rich sauces like a garlic butter sauce or a lemon butter sauce.

You can buy dry scallops or wet scallops.

The best way to buy them is dry. This means they were not soaked in water, which will make them appear bigger than they actually are.

Buying them wet will make them waterlogged and give them a briny flavor.

Bay Scallops vs Sea Scallops

There are two main types of scallops:

  • Sea scallops are larger. They live on the floors of the ocean in cold water, so they are more difficult to harvest and more expensive.
  • Bay scallops are smaller. These are found in shallower waters and are typically younger, which is why they are smaller and less expensive.

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How to store scallops

Like most seafood, storage is important when it comes to freshness and flavor.

How long do fresh scallops last in the fridge?

You should prepare fresh scallops within 24 hours of purchasing.

Once they are cooked, you can store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can you freeze scallops?

Absolutely. Scallops can be frozen for up to 6 months. Make sure that they are stored in an airtight container. And never refreeze previously frozen scallops.

Other recipe ideas you may enjoy!

Each of these recipes with scallops will tell you:

  • Type of recipe
  • Number of ingredients
  • How many scallops you will need.
  • The complexity of ingredients (aka, whether or not you might need to hit the grocery store first)
  • How long it takes to prepare (including cook time)
  • Special diet (Keto, Gluten-free, etc)
  • Equipment needed. (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, etc.)

What to make scallops

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Ingredients that work well with seafood

These ingredients will pop up in a lot of the recipes below. So if you have them on hand, you will be able to find more ideas to make.

  • lemon zest or lemon juice
  • red onion
  • avocado
  • cucumbers
  • capers
  • fresh herbs
  • fresh garlic
  • red peppers
  • green beans, brussels sprouts, and other fresh vegetables
  • butternut squash
  • fresh cherry tomatoes
  • lime juice
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic powder
  • white wine like pinot grigio
  • parmesan cheese
  • white rice
  • crusty bread
  • angel hair pasta

Recipes with scallops

Our goal is to assist people to find ideas for the food they already have.

Each of these scallop recipes will give you some key information so that you can pick the dish that works for your needs.

Check out the recipe creators that published each idea to use their tips and get the full recipe.

Note: pantry ingredients include dry ingredient pantry staples like olive oil, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, corn starch, salt, black pepper, spices, etc. Please check the recipe to make sure that you have the ingredients needed to create the dish. If you are making gluten-free recipes, it may include things like almond flour and other common gluten-free pantry items

Which shellfish recipe are you looking forward to trying first?

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