Scallops are a delicious but underrated seafood. Their naturally sweet and delicate flavor pairs beautifully with a variety of sauces, sides and garnishes.
We’ve compiled this list of the best Sides for Scallops so you always know what to have alongside them.
You’ll find a huge variety of scallop sides, from salads to vegetables to starches. It’s all here!
Go through all of these sides for scallops. You’ll never be wondering “what to serve with scallops?” again!
What to Serve With Scallops
1. Caesar Salad
If you want to master your salad game, this easy Caesar Salad recipe is a MUST!
Perhaps the most famous and popular salad on the planet, Caesar is so simple, yet so tasty. All you need is lettuce, crotons, parm cheese, and an awesome dressing. So good!
Get the Recipe: Caesar Salad
2. Green Beans Almondine
Green Beans Almondine is a beautiful side dish where vibrant French style green bean are tossed with brown butter, almonds, shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon.
Once you try it, you’ll be coming back again and again.
Get the Recipe: Green Beans Almondine
3. Dirty Rice
Dirty Rice is a famous side dish in Creole and Cajun cuisines. White rice gets a “dirty” color from bits of meat and a generous dose of seasonings.
It’s a super delicious recipe that’s packed with flavor. Try it and see!
Get the Recipe: Dirty Rice
4. Roasted Asparagus
These easy Roasted Asparagus are an essential veggie side dish you need in your repertoire. They’re the perfect accompaniment to scallops, and they’re so easy!
While asparagus are great any way, be it steamed, blanched or sautéed, something special happens when you roast them. So good!
Get the Recipe: Roasted Asparagus
5. Cheese Grits
Cheese Grits… the ultimate Southern side dish! This creamy and comforting corn-based delight is a staple in the south.
This one deserves a spot in every cook’s collection. It’s one of our favorite sides for scallops!
Get the Recipe: Cheese Grits
6. New England Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder is a classic seafood restaurant side dish. Once you make your own homemade clam chowder, you’ll never bother ordering it in restaurants, because yours is better!
We love a cup of it with our scallops.
Get the Recipe: New England Clam Chowder
7. Creamed Spinach
This Creamed Spinach is going to be the new star of your side dish spread. It’s creamy, cheesy, and oh so comforting.
With just a few simple ingredients you can easily whip up this recipe, which is so much better than store bought.
Get the Recipe: Creamed Spinach
8. Mango Salsa
When you get your hands on some juicy, ripe and sweet mangoes, don’t forget to make this easy homemade mango salsa in minutes.
All you need to do is some chopping and mixing. The sweetness goes beautifully with scallops.
Get the Recipe: Mango Salsa
9. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
We just love this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. It’s a great alternative to the usual old pasta or potato salads.
Give this one a try tonight, and see how easy these flavors come together.
Get the Recipe: Quinoa Salad
10. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto
Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.
It will be one of your new favorite salads to serve with scallops.
Get the Recipe: Cucumber Avocado Salad
11. Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes kind of go with everything, don’t they? Scallops are no exception!
This easy recipe is an essential side dish that everyone needs to master. And to give it an extra boost, we’ve added goat cheese.
Get the Recipe: Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
12. Greek Lemon Rice
This bright and flavorful Greek Lemon Rice recipe is so easy to make with simple ingredients, yet it elevates your rice so, so much.
It’s the perfect side for many of your favorite Mediterranean dishes, boosting your meal’s flavor profile to another level!
Get the Recipe: Greek Lemon Rice
13. Steak Fries
These easy baked Steak Fries are a breeze to make, and go with just about anything. They may be the perfect side dish.
You’ll love these tasty potato wedges, which are perfectly seasoned, then baked to crispy perfection.
Get the Recipe: Steak Fries
14. Tabbouleh Salad
If you’re looking for a new salad recipe, we have just the one… Tabbouleh!
This famous Levantine salad is bursting with herby flavors from plenty of fresh parsley, veggie power from tomatoes and cucumber, and it has a hearty bite from bulgur wheat.
And once you drizzle on that easy homemade dressing… perfection!
Get the Recipe: Tabbouleh
15. Greek Salad
This traditional Greek Salad recipe, known to the locals as Horiatiki, is one of our summertime favorites!
Crisp cucumbers, sweet cherry tomatoes, red onions, briny olives and capers, creamy feta, and a simple herb dressing. That’s all it takes. And the results are top notch.
Get the Recipe: Greek Salad
16. Grilled Zucchini
Your favorite summer squash has never been more delicious. A little bit of seasoning is all it takes, then let your grill work its magic.
Once you try it, we bet you’ll be pairing it with just about everything!
Get the Recipe: Grilled Zucchini
17. Saffron Rice
Elevate your basic side dish with this simple and easy Saffron Rice recipe. You’ll be amazed how much flavor your humble grain can have.
This beautiful and fragrant rice is a showstopper side dish that will make any meal more special. It’s perfect for company meals and special occasions.
Get the Recipe: Saffron Rice
18. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Why Sweet Potato Mash? Nowadays, regular potatoes seem out! But sweet potatoes are in!! BIG TIME IN!!!
Why not? It’s super yum, it’s healthy and nutritious… result? Your good old potatoes are taking a back seat to this new age healthy option.
Get the Recipe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes
19. Moroccan Couscous
Give regular couscous a colorful makeover by adding a bunch of veggies and earthy Moroccan spices.
This Moroccan Couscous is not only an ideal dish next to any of your chicken, beef or fish dishes, but it can be a stand alone light vegetarian lunch option.
Get the Recipe: Moroccan Couscous
20. Wedge Salad
This Wedge Salad recipe is a real classic, and for good reason!
Bright, crispy lettuce, homemade blue cheese dressing, sweet cherry tomatoes, and don’t you dare forget the bacon!
It’s the perfect side dish for a huge variety of mains, and it’s one of the easiest salads you’ll ever make.
Get the Recipe: Wedge Salad
21. Mexican Street Corn Salad
Our Mexican Street Corn Salad is a great way to wrap up this list of scallop side dishes.
It’s sweet and savory, creamy and cheesy, and even a little bit spicy. Once you try it, you’ll be making it again and again!
Get the Recipe: Elote Salad
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- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1.5 cups uncooked white rice
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 Tbsp fresh dill
- juice + zest of 1 lemon
- In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté till it starts to become translucent. Add in garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add rice and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Pour in chicken broth and mix well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat, open the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Add in parsley, dill, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix until well combined.
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