As the months get cooler and we move into autumn towards winter, grilling fresh seafood is a passionate favorite. Not only is it healthy, but there are also limitless combinations of herbs and seasonal fruits and veggies that complement the texture of seafood and the fall season. Grilled Scallops with Lemony Salsa Verde is a mouthwatering recipe with bursts of lemon, cilantro, and garlic from the salsa verde, which complements scallops' natural sweetness.

The scallop is delectable seafood that has long been prized for its distinctive sweet flavor and can be found in cold and warm waters worldwide. When they are harvested, the scallop meat stays sweet and tender because of its short life cycle of three to four years. Some scallop preparation methods can be complicated, but this Grilled Scallops with Lemony Salsa Verde recipe is surprisingly simple to make, even taking less than 30 minutes! Quickly prep the salsa ahead of time and keep chilled, and grill the scallops over medium-high heat for just a couple of minutes per side.

You can’t go wrong with this delicious and healthy Grilled Scallops with Lemony Salsa Verde recipe. Just grab a warm drink and sit around the fire with a plate of these scallops in the autumn evening.

Serves 4

Grilled Scallops with Lemony Salsa Verde Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grilling
  • 12 large sea scallops, side muscle removed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lemony Salsa Verde (makes about 1 cup)

  • ½ lemon (with peel), seeded, chopped
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • Fresh lemon juice (optional)

Grilled Scallops with Lemony Salsa Verde Directions

Lemony Salsa Verde

  1. Combine lemon, shallot, and garlic in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Let sit 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in oil, parsley, cilantro, and chives. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, if desired.


  1. Prepare grill for medium-high heat; oil grate.
  2. Toss scallops with 2 Tbsp. of oil on a baking sheet; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using a fish spatula or your hands, place scallops on the grill, flat side down. Grill, occasionally turning, until lightly charred and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Serve scallops topped with Lemony Salsa Verde.

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October 26, 2021 — Jason Klein