Simple Soy and Ginger Grilled Scallops

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Simple Soy and Ginger Grilled Scallops
Simple Soy and Ginger Grilled Scallops
Scallops are my favorite seafood. Period. I've often had them at their very freshest and best, only hours after being plucked from the ocean floor. I love them prepared in practically any way, from tempura battered to practically raw in a lime ceviche. During the summer months I also love them simply marinated in any number of ways and then lightly grilled.

This recipe is particularly tasty and very simple to prepare. It makes a perfect appetizer course for a barbeque dinner party or served on a salad for a light lunch or dinner meal. If you like you can make double the marinade and with one half, add some rice wine vinegar to make a terrific salad dressing too.

Soy and Ginger Grilled Scallops

1 1/2 pounds scallops
2 small sweet bell peppers, any color or mix them up

For the marinade mix, together:

1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tbsp peanut oil
few drops toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger root
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1 clove finely minced garlic
pinch salt
pinch black pepper

Marinate the scallops in the marinade for no longer than 20 minutes; longer than this can allow the citric acid in the lemon juice to break down the surface of the scallops  and dry them out when cooked. While the scallops are marinating you can also soak 3 or 4 bamboo skewers in water to prepare them for the grill.

Push the scallops onto the pre-soaked bamboo skewers. If you like, you can alternate the scallops with pieces of sweet bell peppers and/or red onions.

Place the scallop skewers onto a preheated grill on medium heat and grill for only 2 to 3 minutes per side depending on the size of scallops that you are using. 

Soy and Ginger Grilled Scallops

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Anonymous
June 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Orange juice not mentioned in ingredients ,but is mentioned in directions .Can you please clarify?

Anonymous
June 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Hi Barry,

The recipe lists lemon juice as one of the marinade ingredients, but the instructions mention orange juice, not lemon. Which do you use?
The scallops look amazing!!

June 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Elles sont superbes et tr├Ęs app├ętissantes ces grillades, Bravo

June 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Thanks for catching that typo, I meant lemon juice of course. It has now been corrected.

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