Grilled scallops

Grilled Scallops with Avocado Salsa

Last Updated on January 7, 2024

Scallops and outdoor cooking are a perfect match. Naturally sweet, scallops contain sugars that caramelize beautifully when cooked at high heat, like on the grill. Plus, they’re also one of the easiest types of fish to thread on a skewer. Get ready for grilled scallops to become one of your favorite summer meals.

Two keys to success here: A clean grill and high heat. The clean grill will prevent sticking, and high heat leads to perfectly cooked scallops that are seared on the outside but tender inside.

We like to pair these buttery grilled scallops with a rustic, chunky avocado salsa that’s like a perfect blend of guacamole and pico de gallo. Serve these scallops as a salad with some butter lettuce, use them to fill tacos, or make them into a rice bowl.

Grilled Scallops with Avocado Salsa

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 package ButcherBox Scallops defrosted and pat dry thoroughly
  • Salt and pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 3 large medium-ripe avocados (not too soft, still sliceable)
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1 pint cherry or sungold tomatoes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped white onion
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1 serrano chile stemmed, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  • In a medium bowl, season the scallops all over with salt and pepper. Drizzle with canola oil and gently mix to coat each piece thoroughly. Thread the scallops on metal skewers, about 4 to 5 apiece; refrigerate until you're ready to grill.
  • Halve the avocados, discard the pits, then cut each avocado half in half again, creating 4 pieces per avocado. Peel the avocados, then dice into medium-sized pieces. Transfer to a medium bowl and squeeze ½ of the lemon over.
  • Halve the tomatoes; add to the bowl with the avocados. Add the onion, cilantro, serrano, cumin and coriander. Squeeze the other lemon half over, drizzle with the olive oil and gently toss. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for high heat, making sure to clean the grates and lightly slick them with a kitchen rag or brush dipped in canola oil (alternatively heat a grill pan on the stove over high heat and drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil over). Once the grill is hot, grill the scallops on the skewers, undisturbed, until the scallops are golden brown to lightly charred and have grill marks, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip and repeat on the other side. Transfer to a serving platter.
  • Serve the scallops immediately with the avocado salsa.
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