Grilled Scallops With Corn Salad


This recipe hides a game-changing grilling tip for scallops: Thread them onto side-by-side skewers so they lay flat and are easier to flip.

Grilled Scallops With Corn Salad
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 serves

These grilled scallops are paired with a corn and poblano pepper salad, which gets a cumin-spiced lime dressing. Served over salad greens, this light, gluten-free recipe is long on flavor and light on work. Got leftovers?


  • 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for grill grates

  • 3 ears corn, shucked

  • 1 large poblano chile, seeded and chopped

  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 12 large sea scallops (1½ lb.)

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and sliced


  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to high (450°F to 500°F) and lightly oil grates. Grill corn, uncovered, turning occasionally, until corn begins to char, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from grill and let cool slightly. Cut kernels from cobs and discard cobs; transfer kernels to a medium bowl. Add poblano, shallot, 5 tablespoons oil, lime juice, cumin, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper; stir to combine.

  2. Thread 3 scallops onto 2 6-inch side-by-side bamboo skewers so scallops lie flat. Repeat with 6 skewers and remaining scallops (using 8 skewers total). Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and season with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Grill scallops, uncovered, until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes. Using a fish spatula, flip and cook until scallops are just cooked through, about 3 minutes more.

  3. Toss salad greens with corn mixture and avocado. Top with grilled scallops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

495 Calories
31g Fat
33g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 495
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 1899mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 25g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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