The Best Side Dishes To Serve with Scallops
Fresh Vegetable Succotash with Basil
Serve seared scallops on top of this classic Southern side of asparagus, zucchini, and squash with a smattering of Pecorino Romano cheese and fragrant basil.
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Grilled Veggie Kebabs
Grilled scallops call for a side of veggies with the same perfectly-charred treatment. This recipe calls for eggplant, onions, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes in a deliciously tangy marinade.
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Mini Bacon Quiches
The smoky bacon in these potato-, onion-, and thyme-packed mini quiches easily complements buttery scallops. And with the quick-cook nature of both scallops and the quiches, you’ve got a brunch or appetizer spread ready in a snap.
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Brussels Sprout Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint
This scallop-friendly side dish will make Brussels sprouts fans out of everyone at the table. Bright mint and smoky bacon pair well with your favorite scallop preparation — we recommend cooking scallops in the same pan as the bacon for an extra-flavorful sear.
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English Pea Risotto
Hearty and creamy risotto, crunchy and sweet English peas, fresh and springy parsley—all that’s missing is caramelized, crispy scallops. Test kitchen tip: For the perfect sear, pat sea scallops dry beforehand, add to a smoking hot cast-iron pan, and wait to flip until the flesh is opaque.
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Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Arugula Pizza
Planning an alfresco happy hour menu? We recommend this flavor-packed flatbread (blue cheese, prosciutto, dried figs — need we say more?) with a grilled scallop appetizer. Add a glass of chilled white wine and your work here is done.
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Fettuccine Alfredo with Ham and Peas
Peas with Lemon and Tarragon
This bright summer salad is a natural alongside buttery, briny scallops. We love to elevate this side dish by scattering edible white borage flowers (lavender, elderberry, squash blossoms) for an above-and-beyond presentation.
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Minty Grilled Summer Squash
When grilling scallops in the summer, a farmers-market inspired side dish is a must. Seek out a variety of squash from local purveyor’s (pattypan, zucchini, zephyr), grill until lightly charred, and drizzle with honey-mustard vinaigrette and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
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Cauliflower Bravas with Crispy Chorizo
Balance out a simple preparation of grilled scallops with a fiery punch of crisped-up cauliflower. This take on patatas bravas, the classic Spanish tapa, gets its kick from diced chorizo and sherry-infused mayo.
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Field Pea-and-Radish Crostini
When scallops are the centerpiece of your appetizer spread, make room for these zippy, colorful crostini to accompany. Pro tip: Chop the vegetables as small as you can so they don’t crowd each other.
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Creamy Cavatappi with Edamame, Lemon, and Tarragon
Pretty spirals of cavatappi (you can substitute with your favorite noodle) coated in a buttery Romano cheese sauce make a delicious bed for sea or bay scallops. Add edamame, arugula, and chopped tarragon to combine the refreshing with the creamy.
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Green Bean, Orange, and Fennel Salad with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese
Simple-yet-satisfying side dishes shine alongside scallop dinners. The crispy green beans get a jolt from tangy goat cheese, sweet fennel, and crunchy hazelnuts in this pretty side dish that’s ace for serving with scallops.
White Bean–Asparagus Salad with Bacon and Thyme
Bacon naturally pairs with scallops—we love incorporating chopped bacon bits into this hearty side dish with bright asparagus and filling navy beans.
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Purple Sweet Potato Latkes with Tobiko
This scallop side dish updates Jewish potato pancakes with purple sweet potatoes for an unexpected pop of color. Press the individual latkes tightly so they don’t fall apart in the pan, then top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of mildly salty flying fish roe.
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Fresh Pasta and Zucchini with Ricotta Salata
You seek out the freshest scallops for dinner, so why not the freshest pasta for your side dish? Fresh pasta cooks in less than half the time as dried pasta, so keep an eye on the noodles as they cook. Finish the dish with a smattering of toasted nuts (pine, sunflower seeds, or pistachios) and ricotta salata (salted, pressed, and dried ricotta cheese).
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Shaved Honeydew Caprese With Green Tomato and Burrata
Honeydew doesn’t normally get top billing in a fruit salad, let alone as a standout side dish. But the ripe melon shines when shaved into ribbons and swirled with torn pieces of creamy burrata and slices of green tomato.
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Snap Peas with Herb Butter
Not only does this spring veggie side feature fresh chervil, dill, chives, and lemon zest — it comes together in ten minutes, excellent for pairing with quick-cooking scallops.
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Reginetti with Guanciale, Garlic Sauce, and Greens
Salty-savory guanciale (an unsmoked Italian cured pork product) makes this dish not only reminiscent of fan-favorite carbonara—it also matches quite nicely with sweet and nutty scallops.
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