Succulent cedar plank scallops are a great choice for date nights or a weeknight dinner!
We love using cedar planks for seafood because it gives them a nice smoky flavor and aroma.
Plus you might find that scallops served at restaurants are expensive.
But it’s super easy to make tasty cedar plank scallops in your kitchen and save some money.
Cedar plank scallops are tender and delicious. However, making them require proper attention when using the wood.
Below we will show you exactly how to grill scallops on your cedar plank
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Types of Wood You Can Use for Cooking On
There are many different types of wood you can use. However, we think the best type of wood for cooking seafood is untreated cedarwood.
It is important to not use pre-treated wood. Treated wood can contain harmful chemicals if cooked on
How Long to Soak The Planks
You need to soak your plans in water for at least 1-2 hours. The cedar plank can also be soaked in beer, wine or whisky
Recipe Steps for Cedar Plank Scallops.
Cedar plank scallops is an easy process and only require around 10 minutes of cooking time.
The scallops on plank can be cooked in an oven, a charcoal grill, or on an electric grill.
Here is our simple cedar plank scallops recipe you can make at home!
Follow these steps to get tasty cedar-planked scallops.
Step 1: Place the cedar plank in water and let it soak for 1-2 hours
Step 2: Rinse the scallops, pat them dry with paper towels, and season with salt.
Step 3: Season the scallops with black pepper, kosher salt, and olive oil.
Step 4: Preheat the grill to medium heat
Step 5: Place the soaked plank on the grill for 10-12 minutes.
Step 6: Place the scallops on the cedar-planked board with cooking tongs and cover the grill.
Step 7: Let the scallops cook for 4-5 minutes on each side via indirect heat
What to Serve With Your Scallops
Serve the succulent scallops with garlic bread or some vegetables and wine.
When Are The Scallops Done?
The scallops are ready when they are opaque and firm.
Avoiding Flare Ups
It is also good to have a spray bottle of water while grilling, in case a flare-up occurs.
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Have a look at my salt block scallops! The scallops sear up beautifully on a Himalayan salt block
Adding Some Extra Flavor
The scallops can also be seasoned to give them extra flavor.
Here is our simple marinade recipe to use on the scallops before cooking.
Step 1: In a bowl, mix fresh garlic, lemon juice, pepper, salt, brown sugar, and other seasonings of your choice.
Step 2: Add some beer to the mixture in the bowl and mix everything.
Step 3: Place the scallops in an airtight bag and pour the marinade into the bowl.
Step 4: Let the scallops marinate overnight in the fridge until they are ready for cedar planking.
Cedar Plank Scallops
- 18 Scallops
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- Place the cedar plank in water and let it soak for 1-2 hours
- Rinse the scallops, pat them dry with paper towels, and season with salt.
- Season the scallops with black pepper, kosher salt, and olive oil.
- Preheat the grill to medium heat
- Place the soaked plank on the grill for 10-12 minutes.
- Place the scallops on the cedar-planked board with cooking tongs and cover the grill.
- Let the scallops cook for 4-5 minutes on each side via indirect heat
There you have it, how to cook cedar plank scallops like a professional
These scallops are a quick but delicious meal, you don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant to get it. You can make it yourself at home with the right tools and with proper attention.
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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