How to Grill Colossal Scallops
- by Omaha Steaks
- Oct 13, 2021
Scallops are one of the easiest seafood dishes to grill, and they pair perfectly with your favorite steak cut for a steakhouse-style surf and turf dinner. Watch the grill-side video tutorial and follow our steps for perfect grilled colossal scallops.
The Best Scallops for Grilling
Not all scallops are created equal, and it’s important to select high-quality, clean, raw scallops for a great meal. Always use dry-packed scallops for best results – you’ll get a perfect sear. Our Colossal Scallops are clean and dry-packed, meaning there are no preservatives or flavors of any kind, just the all-natural sweet, buttery flavor of the scallops.
The enormous size of our Colossal Scallops makes them an ideal choice for the grill. They are bigger than any from the store with a U10 size, meaning there are just 10 scallops per pound. These giant scallops will be incredibly tender with a sweet, buttery flavor when cooked properly.
How to Grill Scallops
The subtle char flavor of grilling pairs perfectly with the scallops’ sweetness and rich, buttery texture. You can enjoy perfectly grilled scallops in just a few simple steps.
1. Thaw Overnight
Thaw the scallops overnight in the refrigerator to ensure they are completely defrosted before grilling.
2. Pat Scallops Dry & Season
Once thawed, pat the scallops very dry on both sides using a paper towel. A dry scallop is essential for that perfect sear and great caramelization. Once completely dry, brush lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper or a seafood seasoning blend, like our Seafood Rub with Citrus & Herb.
3. Double Skewer
The best way to grill scallops is to skewer them. We recommend using double skewers to prevent the scallops from turning. This will ensure you are able to grill both sides of the scallop easily and efficiently.
Chef Tip: If you use bamboo or wood skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 1 hour before adding food to prevent them from burning on the grill.
4. Grill the Scallops
Preheat your gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Clean the grill grates and oil immediately before grilling. To keep your seafood from sticking to the grill, we recommend oiling your grates using tongs and a paper towel soaked in oil.
When the grill is ready, place the scallops directly over the flames to cook. It’s okay to turn a few times during cooking to ensure both sides get a great sear without overcooking.
5. Know When Your Scallops are Done
Scallops cook very quickly – around 3-4 minutes per side. However, they are easy to overcook, resulting in a firm, chewy bite. Make sure to remove your scallops from the grill as soon as the color changes from translucent to opaque, indicating they are fully cooked.
Serve your grilled scallops immediately. Pair with your favorite cut of steak, a steakhouse side dish, and a decadent dessert for a surf and turf meal fit for a king!
Scallops aren’t the only seafood you can grill! Check out these grilling guides for more of your favorite seafood:
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