Shrimp and Scallop Marinade

Shrimp and scallop marinade is an exquisite dish.

A whether you are looking for a quick dish to impress your guests or craving a tasty dinner with low calories, this shrimp and scallops recipe is the one for you. From marination to grilling, cooking, and prep time – everything you need to know about cooking delicious shrimps and scallops is here.

Shrimp and Scallop Marinade

How long should you marinate shrimp?

Marinade using acidic ingredients

The ideal time for shrimp marination depends on the marinade you are using. If it contains lime, lemon, orange, or other acidic ingredients, you should marinate your shrimps for 30 minutes or less time.

You should marinate other seafood like filets and sea scallops for a similar 15-30 minutes duration. This is because a longer duration will lead the acid in lime, lemon, etc. to cook and disintegrate the shrimp meat and give it a mushy texture.

Marinade using acidic ingredients

The non-acidic ingredients marinade

However, if your marinade contains just the non-acidic ingredients like oil, herbs, garlic powder, and black pepper, you could easily let it marinate in the fridge for an hour or two.

The non-acidic ingredients marinade

Be careful

The marinade we are making in this recipe has lime and lemon juice, along with olive oil, salt, black pepper, and chopped garlic, so you must be careful not to marinate the shrimps for more than an hour, or it will alter the taste and texture of your shrimps.

Can you marinate scallops too long?

Preparing scallops for marinate

Next, we come to scallops. Before cooking your scallop, always make sure to pat dry on a paper towel to absorb any moisture of its surface. Like other seafood, scallops, too, should not be marinated for more than 30 minutes. The reason remains the same, the longer you allow it to marinate, the scallops will break down while cooking.


Preparing a mixture for marinating scallops

Whisk together your marinade ingredients – olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, herbs like fresh basil and parsley, garlic, lime, and lemon juice, and additional seasonings. Then, put the scallops into this mixture and toss it gently to coat all around with the marinade.


Feel free to let your scallops rest in the marinade for 15 to 20 minutes before you set them to grill on wooden skewers.

Scallops in the marinade

What flavors go well with grilled scallops?

When it comes to scallops, how can we not mention citrus! Making scallops flavorful can be a breeze when you know just what to put.

You can use fresh lemon juice or squeeze some oranges or lime to give a tangy touch to your dish. Herbs and spices, both fresh and powdered, go equally well with grilled scallop kabobs.

 Perfect sauce for your scallop

The recipe perfect sauce for your scallop

Garlic is another taste enhancer when cooking scallops and other seafood. Sear your scallops with an easy buttery marinade made with simple items like butter, herbs, salt, and garlic. Mix these or add a few spices of your choice, and there you’ve got it – the perfect flavor-packed sauce for your scallop kabobs.

Do you marinate shrimp with shell on or off?

You can cook shrimp with or without the shell, depending upon whether you have bought frozen and shelled shrimps or peeled and deveined ones. We’ve dispensed both sides of the story for you, whether you marinade shrimps with shells on or off.

Сooking shrimp with or without the shell

Frozen shrimps

One money-saving hack is to get frozen shrimps with shells and thaw them at home whenever you plan on cooking shrimps. Not only do frozen shrimps in the shell mean more flavor and better texture, but it also ensures a longer shelf life and saves you bucks.

Frozen shrimps

Grilled shrimp

If you are shrimps, you should cook them with the shells intact because shells enrich the flavor of the shrimp meat. Plus, they also protect the meat from overcooking easily. You can peel your shrimps while you devour into your delicious grilled shrimp at the dining table.

Grilled shrimp

Cooking shrimps without the shells

On the other side, if you want to marinate and cook shrimp without the shells, it has its perks too. Cooking shrimps without the shells adds a smoky flavor to your dish. If you are marinating your shrimps, it is always better to remove the shells to infuse the flavors better.

Cooking shrimps without the shells

The decision is yours

Additionally, it is up to you whether you want to keep or remove tails from your shrimps. For more convenient eating, you can remove them before cooking, but if you need some browny points on the presentation you may as well keep the tails.

Recipe Instructions

Now that we’ve addressed the most commonly asked shrimp and scallop cooking questions let’s begin cooking this great meal!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Information (per serving)

Calories: 231, Total Fat: 19 gms,

Trans Fat: 0 gm,

Saturated Fat: 3 gms,

Unsaturated Fat: 15 gms,

Sodium: 846 mg,

Cholesterol: 51 mg,

Protein: 12 gms,

Carbs: 5 gms,

Fiber: 0 gm,

Sugar: 1 gm


1.5 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 pound fresh scallops

0.5 cup olive oil

6 tbsp lime juice

6 tbsp lemon juice

1.5 tbsp finely chopped garlic

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp paprika

0.5 tsp Cayenne pepper

5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Wooden skewer sticks

Cooking Directions


To begin with, soak your wooden kebab sticks in water for at least an hour. Remove and pat dry on kitchen paper.

Make sure you have all the ingredients. You can get the shrimps and scallops from any of your local grocery stores.

Put shrimp and scallops inside a large resealable plastic bag.

Сheck all ingredients

Сooking process

Take a mixing bowl and combine olive oil, lime juice, lemon, minced garlic, sea salt, paprika, Cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire sauce and give it a stir and set aside.

Pour 2/3rd of the reserved marinade from the large bowl into the shrimp and scallops bag, and set aside the rest for basting while grilling.

Marinating of seafood

Seal your shrimp and scallop plastic bag tightly and put it in the refrigerator for about 15 to 30 minutes while occasionally turning to mix it well.

Make sure not to marinate your shrimp and scallops for too long (like overnight), or else your dish tastes like ceviche.

Next, drain your shrimp and sea scallops and discard the marinade. You can expect the juice to appear thicker by now because of the oil.

Shrimp and scallops inside a plastic bag

How to perfectly grilled shrimp and grilled scallops

Alternately thread shrimp and scallops on the skewers one by one.

Pre-heat your grill to medium heat now.

Place shrimp and scallops onto the un-covered grill and grill one side for about 3 to 5 minutes each till they are perfectly cooked.

Take the remaining marinade and graze on both sides of the wooden skewers.

How to understand that seafood is ready

Grill until the shrimp turn pink on the outside and the scallops are opaque. Prominent grill marks should be visible on your shrimp and scallops by the time they are ready.


Serve immediately with side dishes or salad.

Tips and Tricks to Cook Shrimps and Scallops

Cook Shrimps and Scallops

Defrosting recommendations

Defrost your shrimps and scallops before grilling them. You can keep them under cold tap water for 10-15 minutes to aid the thawing process. Then, pat them dry before you put them in the marinade. Never defrost seafood in room temperature water!

Нow to check readinessions

It is important that you grill your shrimps and scallops for just the right time before they are ready to eat. Grilling scallops on medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes will change them from translucent to opaque. So, when scallops are opaque, they are perfectly cooked.

In comparison, shrimps turn nice and pink on the outside and white and opaque on the inside when they are done.

Нow to check readinessions

Сooking options

If you do not have a BBQ grill, you can also grill your shrimps and scallops in a grill pan, using the wooden skewers, for a similar effect.

Make sure to turn your shrimps and scallops to the other side after 5 minutes of grilling to get grill marks on both sides.

To avoid any leaks, you must take care to use a ziplock-like seal bag to refrigerate your marinade. You can even use two such plastic bags to be extra careful.

Watch out for seafood

Do not leave your shrimps and scallops out of your sight! This tip is especially important if you want to save yourself from overcooked and rubbery meat. Seafood is more delicate than other meats, so it’s better to keep your eyes on it.

You can add some bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and other veggies to your wooden skewers for added nutrition to grilled shrimp and grilled scallops.

For even cooking, leave some space in between the scallops, shrimps, and vegetables on the skewers.

Whipping It Up

Try this mouth-watering shrimp and scallops kabobs recipe today and serve it with lemon wedges or a plate of steamed rice. You can find all the nutrition information, prep time, cook time, and ingredients, in the sections above.


How do I keep scallops from sticking to the grill?

These grilled scallops make the perfect dining option that has plenty of rave reviews. If you use outdoor cooking, you will want to keep the scallops clean.

How do you make grilled scallops?

Olive oil, lemon juice herbs, garlic and seasoning. Add in scallops to marinade and toss to coat. Soak them for around 15-20 minutes.
Grill these on the grill about five minutes per side. Sprinkle on fresh herbs and serve with a lemon wedge, then enjoy with the citrus fruit and fresh lemon slices. For another detailed recipe look at CNN.

How do you know when scallops are done on the grill?

The scallops should cook for 1-2 min. You’ll know when everything’s over because flesh is opaque. Scallops turn into hard food very promptly.

How do you know when scallops are cooked?

It generally takes 3-5 minutes per side to grill sea scallops or shrimp. Scallop on the other hand can be tougher as they can’t turn black while being cooked.
The mystery lies in the texture of the scallop. Look to find good marks at grilling on both shrimp and scallions.
Make sure to brush both sides with the reserved marinade. And they’re juicy and tender! Let s sit here and enjoy these grilled scallions and shrimp kabobs! Use this recipe as a precooked roast.