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Grilled Beer Butter Scallops with Cherry Salsa

Grilled Beer Butter Scallops with Cherry Salsa, with a grill or a grill pan!

Let’s talk scallops for a second. I know, I’ve given you this lecture before but it’s been a while. And I can’t just go around assuming you remember everything I say, I forget half of what I say on a daily basis. 

I know the reason your home-cooked scallops don’t taste as good as the ones you buy at a restaurant, and it’s a really easy fix. There are two ways to buy scallops: “wet” and “dry.” A wet scallop with be soaked in a phosphate solution to preserve it. This makes it taste soapy and gives it a bit of a rubbery texture. Unfortunately, the vast majority of scallops sold in US markets are wet. Dry scallops are more expensive, harder to come by, but infinitely tastier.

If you can’t find dry scallops, the best way to treat a wet scallops is a quick brine. If you aren’t sure if your scallops are wet or dry (or your fish guy gives you a vacant stare when you ask) they’re probably wet. Just assume they’re wet unless you know for sure they aren’t. 

Have you ever been cooking scallops, just minding your own business, and they start weeping out a milky liquid like they hate you? That’s the phosphate solution we need to get rid of, the extra step is well worth it. 

You don’t even have to tell anyone that you know the secret. You can just cook the best scallops they’ve ever had and just pretend like it’s your magic shellfish touch. I won’t tell. 

Grilled Beer Butter Scallops with Cherry Salsa

5 from 1 vote



  • 1 lbs colossal or jumbo scallops
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cup (8oz) beer pale lager, pilsner, wheat beer
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (2oz) beer
  • Creamy polenta or rice for serving


  • cup (½ lbs) pitted and quartered Bing cherries
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons (4g) minced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) lime juice
  • pinch salt


  • In a large bowl add the scallops. Fill with water, drain. Repeat until the water is no longer milky. Drain the water off, leave the scallops in the bowl.
  • Sprinkle with salt and cover with beer. Refrigerate for 2 to 12 hours. Rinse and drain. Add to a stack of paper towels to fully dry the scallops.
  • Combine all the salsa ingredients in a bowl, chill until ready to use.
  • Preheat a grill (or grill pan) to medium high.
  • Stir together the butter and the beer. Brush the scallops liberally.
  • Place on the grill (or grill pan), brush again with butter. Flip when grill marks appear, cook on the other side until grill marks appear.
  • Serve topped with cherry salsa.

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Sabrina July 13, 2019 um 9:19 am

5 stars
thank you again for this great scallop tip since mine have never tasted as good as, well anyone else’s! Wet vs dry is I’m sure the reason why, also really creative recipe!


Julie July 18, 2019 um 1:00 pm

Scallops AND beer? It’s like you know me! I’ll definitely be pinning and trying this one.


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