Scallops with Tropical Salsa

To be honest, I was a little nervous to tackle this recipe simply because I’ve never handled scallops before.  I know they become extremely rubbery and quite inedible when overcooked and I didn’t want to ruin the centerpiece of the dish.  Not to worry, readers.  The scallops were so unbelievably easy to work with.  If you can cook a piece of fish, you can cook these!  And you should cook these.  They were unbelievable.  Light, fresh, full of flavor, and on the table in about ten minutes.  Who says fancy dinners have to be complicated?

scallops tropical salsa

Scallops with Tropical Salsa



1/2 c. diced pineapple

1/2 c. diced mango

1/2 c. diced cucumber

1/2 c. diced red bell pepper

3 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro

4 tsp. fresh lime juice

1 jalapeño chili, seeded and minced

salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

16 sea scallops, about 1 lb. total 


1.  In a bowl, combine the pineapple, mango, cucumber, bell pepper, cilantro, lime juice and chili. Toss well to form a salsa. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. (This step can be done the morning of or night before.)

2.  Heat a large nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Season the scallops with salt and pepper. Add half of the scallops to the pan and sear, turning once, until golden brown on both sides and opaque throughout, about two minutes on each side. Transfer the scallops to a warmed plate. Keep warm while cooking the remaining scallops in the same way.

3.  Divide the scallops among warmed individual plates. Spoon the salsa over the tops, dividing it evenly. Serve immediately.  Serves 4.

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  1. Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour
    March 18, 2011 / 11:58 am

    I'm also nervous to cook scallops. But I love them so much, it is a crime not try! This recipes seems great! Love anything tropical and tasty!!! Enjoy your last few days on those beautiful islands!

  2. Pretend Chef
    March 18, 2011 / 12:30 pm

    Scallops are one of my favorite foods. I've cooked them before but don't recall how they turned out. My mom use to prepare them breaded and fried and put into a pasta dish with sun-dried tomatoes. This recipe sounds amazing. I love tropical flavors and I know this would be make a great meal. Yummy!

  3. That Girl
    March 18, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    I'm not a huge fan of scallops, but this tropical salsa would also be great with shrimp!

  4. Ana
    March 20, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    Nice Recipe!Thats very Healthy.

  5. Carrie
    March 23, 2011 / 1:18 am

    Heavenly! Have to try this!!

  6. Carole
    May 26, 2013 / 3:51 am

    Kelsey, thanks for adding this to the scallopy collection. Cheers

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