An easy and delicious grilled scallop recipe prepared with an orange, fennel, lemon, parsley, and garlic marinade.
Its 5-minute cooking time and make-ahead nature leave you plenty of time to visit with your guests. And it does a quick-change into Scallop Kabobs, if you like. Excellent sea scallop recipe.
3 pounds sea scallops (Sea scallops are the big ones; bay scallops are smaller.)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh or dried parsley, minced
1 heaping teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
3 cloves minced garlic
Zest of 1 large orange, grated
Stir together all marinade ingredients. Add the scallops and coat well. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours, tossing occasionally.
When you're ready, place the scallops on the grill, about 4-5 inches over medium-hot coals. Grill until opaque, about 5 minutes, turning once half way through the cooking time.
If your scallops are in danger of falling through the grill, consider making Scallop Kabobs, below. Serves 8.
Marinate as above, but thread the scallops onto skewers alternately with
onion wedges, whole mushrooms, 1/4" zucchini slices, or other
vegetables of your choice before grilling. Coat the vegetables with the
marinade, or with plain olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Grill.
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