Smoked Scallops are cooked perfectly in the smoker. The delicious garlic butter sauce makes these a delicious appetizer or main dish recipe.

Cooked scallops in a garlic butter sauce with slice of lemons on the side
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If you love seafood recipes and using your smoker, make these Smoked Scallops. This is a great recipe to start with if you are new to using your smoker. You may also like these Smoker Recipes for Beginners.

If you are looking for more smoker appetizer recipes, check out these – Smoked Chicken Wings and Smoked Queso Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick and Easy – This scallops are quick prepare and easy to smoke.
  • Flavorful – These scallops are loaded with savory flavor with the combination of the ingredients.
  • Serve Anytime – Because these scallops only take about 30 minutes to smoke, you can serve for appetizer, dinner time or for a side dish.

Ingredients

Scallops Ingredients - Scallops, olive oil, salt, pepper, butter, lemon juice, garlic, parsley

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Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer. Use old bay seasoning blend, paprika, fresh herbs such as fresh parsley and chives.
  • Wood Chips – You can use different types of wood chips to add flavor to the scallops. Cherry wood, hickory or citrus wood chips make these scallops taste amazing. I suggest using mild wood chips like apple or cherry to avoid overpowering the scallops’ delicate flavor.
  • Skewers – These scallops would be delicious on a skewer to cook on the grill at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes.
  • Orange – Feel free to swap the lemon orange with orange zest.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Preheat the smoker to 225°F and prepare the wood chips for smoking.
  • Step 2 – Rinse the scallops under cold running water and pat them dry with paper towels.
Uncooked scallops in a bowl with a bowl of oil and pepper shaker on the side

Step 3 – In a bowl, toss the dry scallops with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper to taste.

Seasoned scallops in a grill baskey

Step 4 – Place the scallops on a grill basket or skewers to prevent them from falling through the smoker grill grates. Place the scallops in the smoker and smoke for 20-30 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F.

Melting butter in a sauce pan with garlic and parsley

Step 5 – While the scallops are smoking, prepare the lemon butter sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over low heat. Add the lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper to the melted butter. Stir to combine and keep the sauce warm over low heat.

Cooked scallops on a white platter

Step 6 – Remove the scallops from the smoker and transfer them to a serving platter. Drizzle the warm lemon butter sauce over the smoked scallops.

Recipe Tips

  • Scallops – For smoking scallops, choose large, fresh sea scallops for best results.
  • Cooking Time – Be careful not to overcook the scallops, as they can quickly become tough and rubbery. You will know that the scallops are cooked when they are opaque and slightly firm to the touch. The sides of the scallops will be golden brown when cooked.
  • Instant-Read Thermometer – We recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure the scallops are fully cooked.
Cooked scallops on a platter with garlic butter sauce poured over the top

Serving Suggestions

Scallops can easily served over pasta with the delicious garlic buttery sauce served over the top. Add a side of Smoked Asparagus for a complete meal idea.

We have even served over a garden salad for a light lunch.

Scallops topped with a garlic and butter sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make on the Stovetop?

Yes, you can easily cook these scallops on a cast iron skillet in oil. Make sure to preheat the pan to get a crispy texture on the scallop.

How to Thaw Scallops

If your scallops are frozen, allow them to thaw overnight in the refrigerator overnight. You can also place scallops in a bowl of cold water and they will thaw in about 30 minutes.

How to Store and Reheat Scallops

Store the leftover scallops in the fridge in an airtight container. The scallops will last about 2-3 days and easy to reheat in the microwave in about 1-2 minutes.

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Smoked Scallops

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Smoked Scallops are cooked perfectly in the smoker. The delicious garlic butter sauce makes these a delicious appetizer or main dish recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 212

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Lemon Butter Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 225°F and prepare the wood chips for smoking.
  • Rinse the scallops under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • In a bowl, toss the scallops with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the scallops on a grill basket or skewers to prevent them from falling through the smoker grates.
  • Place the scallops in the smoker and smoke for 20-30 minutes, or until they reach an internal
  • temperature of 145°F. The scallops should be opaque and slightly firm to the touch.
  • While the scallops are smoking, prepare the lemon butter sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over low heat.
  • Add the lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper to the melted butter. Stir to combine and keep the sauce warm over low heat.
  • Remove the scallops from the smoker and transfer them to a serving platter.
  • Drizzle the warm lemon butter sauce over the smoked scallops.

Recipe Notes

For smoking scallops, choose large, fresh sea scallops for best results.
I suggest using mild wood chips like apple or cherry to avoid overpowering the scallops’ delicate flavor.
Be careful not to overcook the scallops, as they can quickly become tough and rubbery.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 212kcal, Carbohydrates 4g, Protein 14g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 57mg, Sodium 446mg, Potassium 245mg, Fiber 0.04g, Sugar 0.1g, Vitamin A 354IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 13mg, Iron 0.5mg

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