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Grilled Scallops with Pineapple Salsa

December 2006
Grilled Scallops with Pineapple Salsa

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This mildly spicy fruit salsa tastes great on all kinds of grilled fish.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 15 mins

  • 4 1/2-inch-thick slices pineapple, cut crosswise and patted dry
  • 12 large scallops (about 1 1/2 pounds), patted dry and muscle discarded
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Half of a small red bell pepper, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chilestemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus 1/2 cup leaves, for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Place the pineapple slices in a single layer on the grill and cook, undisturbed, until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the pineapple to a plate and let cool.
  2. Lightly brush the tops and bottoms of the scallops with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Working in batches if necessary, grill the scallops until marks appear, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the bell pepper, shallot, jalapeno, garlic and chopped cilantro in a medium bowl. Chop the cooled pineapple, add to the bowl and season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, stir in the lime juice.
  4. Divide the salsa among 4 plates, top with 3 scallops each and garnish with the cilantro leaves.
Tip Waste not
  • Grill leftover pineapple and serve it over ice cream.