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Moroccan-Style Grilled Sea Scallops

Categories: Entertaining, On the Grill, Spicy
Type: Main Dishes

The green herb sauce in this dish matches up deliciously with scallops.

Serves: Serves 4


  • 2lb (900g) large sea scallops (about 24 scallops)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
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  1. Build a fire in your grill. When the coals are all ignited, the fire has died down, and the temperature is hot (see Gauging the temperature), you're ready to cook.
  2. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender and purée until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine the scallops, olive oil, cumin, coriander, paprika, and salt and pepper in a large bowl; toss gently until the scallops are evenly coated with the other ingredients. Put the scallops on the grill over the coals and cook until just opaque throughout (3-4 minutes per side). To check for doneness, cut into one of the scallops to be sure it is just opaque all the way through.
  4. To serve, divide the scallops among 4 plates and drizzle with the sauce. Pass the remaining sauce on the side.

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Excerpted from Grill It!.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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