Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Keep the heat out of the kitchen this summer! These pepper grilled scallops taste fantastic! Toss them on to a bed of salad greens and veggies and you have a nice light summer dish! They are surprisingly easy to make. Simply, throw some peppercorns on the grill -- and you will have interesting new aromas to sample. Revised recipe from Andrea Viestad's Food for Summer. Adjusted cooking time per recent review.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat your gas or charcoal grill to a hot to medium hot level. You want your fire to be just under the hot level but not to the medium hot level yet.
  2. Meanwhile, allow your scallops to come to room temp while your prepare the vinaigrette.
  3. Combine the vinegar, honey, mustard, and oil in a bowl and whisk together with a fork. If it does not whisk together well just pop it into the microwave for about 30 seconds. Warming makes the honey mix more easily with the other ingredients.
  4. Pour half the vinaigrette into a small serving bowl. Set aside. Toss the scallops with the remaining vinaigrette, remove them from the bowl, and season with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  5. The grilling has to be done very quickly. Grill the scallops for a minute or two on one side then throw the black peppercorns onto the hottest part of the fire. Allow the scallops to cook for about 2 or 3 minutes more.
  6. Turn the scallops and allow them to cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on this side, then remove them and serve immediately using the remaining vinaigrette as a salad dressing for the greens.
  7. NOTE: You could do the same with shrimp or half shrimp and half scallops.
  8. One MORE NOTE: Please allow your ingredients to warm up to room temp before placing on the grill for more accurate cooking times. Thanks!


Most Helpful

We really enjoyed the grilled scallops. The bite of the pepper with the light flavor of the mustard was nice. The extra vinaigrette on the cooked scallops wasn't really to our taste. I used medium sized scallops on a medium heat level gas grill and they took about 10 minutes. Thanks for posting this one Hope! Made by an Unruly Under the Influence for ZWT 6

momaphet June 07, 2010

This was very tasty and simple to put together. The vinaigrette mixed together very easily without warming. I put the scallops on skewers and they did take almost 20 minutes to cook. I'm not really sure what the peppercorns themselves do on a gas grill, but they didn't seem to do much. However, the end result was a delicious scallop! Thanks for sharing. Made for ZWT6 by a RedHot Renegade.

JackieOhNo! June 06, 2010

This is good. The peppercorn on the coals is a good idea. However, unless you are using a very hot grill the cooking time is not right. Medium hot isn't going to heat the scallops in the stated time. I ended up cooking mine for 20 minutes while using charwood. 10 minutes each side until the scallop was slightly firm but not hard. They did melt in out mouths like a properly cooked scallop should.

Oat57 July 07, 2007

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