Miso-Glazed Grilled Sea Scallops

Miso-glazed Grilled Sea Scallops Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This is a simple but elegant dinner, especially if you serve the glazed scallops over a fresh bed of spinach or mixed greens. The salty-sweet and slightly nutty tone of the miso mixes well with the mirin. On the grill, It caramelizes nicely and adds a deeply rich taste to the grilled scallops.


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15 Min
15 Min


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2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
mirin (or sake)
1 to 2 dash(es)
sesame oil
1 tsp
black pepper
1 1/2 lb
sea scallops (about 20 to 24 total)
vegetable oil, for grilling
3 Tbsp
sesame seeds
scallion or green onion, sliced (for garnish)

How to Make Miso-Glazed Grilled Sea Scallops


  • 1Heat a charcoal or gas grill until very hot. Rub the grill grate with a little vegetable oil, and position grill 3 or 4 inches from the heat.
  • 2In a bowl, whisk together miso, mirin (or sake), sesame oil, and pepper.
  • 3Thread the scallops (through their equators) onto metal or soaked-wooden skewers. Brush scallops lightly with vegetable oil, and grill until they’re brown on the bottom and release easily from the grill, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 4Turn and brown for 1 to 2 minutes on the other side; total cooking time should be 3 to 5 minutes.
  • 5When they’re almost done, brush on both sides with the miso mixture, and continue to cook, turning once or twice, until the glaze caramelizes a bit and the scallops are done; take the scallops off the grill before the interior becomes totally opaque.
  • 6Sprinkle sesame seeds and green onion slices on each serving, and serve immediately.

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About Miso-Glazed Grilled Sea Scallops

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Japanese

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