Grilled Sea Scallops

This easy 12-minute recipe gets added umami flavor thanks to a Japanese condiment.

"The trick to grilling scallops is to leave them in the shell," says chef Adam Geringer-Dunn of Brooklyn's Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. Pro tip: If can't get your hands on live scallops, you can substitute with large shucked sea scallops (size 10/20 or U10) and use two layers of heavy duty aluminum foil in place of the shell.

Serves 4


  • 4 tablespoons of butter or ghee
  • 1 tablespoon yuzu kosho paste (red or green)
  • ½ tablespoon tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 4 live sea scallops, cleaned with top shell removed but still in the bottom shell
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped


  1. Heat a grill to high heat.

  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Then add the yuzu kosho and tamari and stir to combine, about 5 minutes.

  3. Gently place scallops on the grill, shell side-down. Spoon butter sauce over scallops and grill until plump and just cooked through, about five minutes.

  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.