Pan-fried scallops with lime & coriander

Pan-fried scallops with lime & coriander

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Cook: 2 mins Ready in 10-15 mins


Serves 2 as a starter
For a healthy-yet-special starter, try Jo Pratt's zesty scallops

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  • 6-8 scallops


    Skol-ips, Skal-ips

    This is the bi-valve shellfish with a flat, fanned bottom shell and domed fan shaped upper shell…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 large chopped garlic clove
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh red chilli
  • juice of half a lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • roughly chopped coriander
  • salt and pepper


  1. Fry the scallops in the olive oil for about 1 min until golden, then flip them over and sprinkle over the garlic cloves and chopped fresh red chilli into the pan. Cook for about 1 min more, then squeeze over the juice of the lime.

  2. Finish off with roughly chopped coriander and salt and pepper. Serve straight away.

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Comments (44)

cooky_mcgee's picture


Just joined up to the site. I went for an awards evening with my work and they took us to the cinnamon club in Westminster, where they served scallops.

They were absolutely amazing and I highly recommend the place for fine Indian dining, potentially the best in London.

I felt compelled today to search for scallop recipes and this was the first I found. Really easy, and was absolutely delicious. I added ginger to the recipe when cooking but otherwise was exactly as detailed above.

I also made 2 small sides on the place, sweet garlic mushrooms ( fry in olive oil with garlic for 10 mins then coat in sugar and leave to caramalize) and grilled haloumi cheese.

I recommend this dish, it's awesome!

aikman91's picture

I didn't like scallops till I tried this recipe,delicious.

jessean's picture

Made this as a starter for a dinner party, truly delicious will definitley make it again!!

ziggysov's picture

I loved this, very simple and delicious.

annieogg's picture

Bought Scallops on a whim today having never cooked them before. Used dill and chilli as had no coriander. Really enjoyed them. Cooked this time for one another time I'll cook as a starter i think.

onepotwonder1's picture

Amazing flavours, has a real kick to it. Do agree that you need to serve them on a bed of rocket leaves or similar just to soak up the lovely juices etc!

lejross71's picture

A lovely recipe, but you only need to cook the scallops for 40 seconds on each side. I got the most beauitful scallops from

flannybabes's picture

Mmm. I had this as a main with steamed mangetout and sushi rice. I also added lots of ginger - it was really simple and yummy.

debbietyler's picture

Made this as a starter served on a baby gem lettuce leaves looked great and very tasty will do this again.

sianie18's picture

even though it was my first time for scallops, they cooked beautifully,

titianlisa's picture

Fantastic! Were given the scallops for free and fresh from the sea-an added bonus (we're in Jersey)!! and had home grown coriander.....'a taste sensation' !!

clairemusgrove's picture

Delicious, the lime and chilli work brilliantly together although I served mine with some rocket and the juices as a dressing because otherwise the plate looks a bit empty!

eleanormayo's picture

Scallops are my desert island food and this is yet another yummy way to cook them!

stelaholder's picture

Loved by everyone. I didn't put coriander as i didn't have any but the flavours were superb.

alexlindner's picture

Nice starter for a dinner party

vickpole's picture

I combined this dish with Linguine with lemon, garlic & parmesan but I omitted the parmesan, from this website and it was fab! Really light and tasty. Would even do it for friends as a dinner party dish.

pmr747's picture

Nice, easy & very quick - perfect starter

kblacey's picture

Dead easy!

This the first time I have cooked scallops (believe it or not) and we were well impressed. Served with a green salad and sliced avocado which added a softer creamy texture to the plate.

Lovely !!

kas1957's picture

Lovely starter - very easy too. Served mine on a bed of wild rocket and used the pan juices as a dressing.

nixkitz's picture

Delicious starter - the flavours are gorgeous and it was a nice twist serving scallops with lime. I'd 'beef up' the starter with some salad leaves on the side in the future.


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