15+ BEST Sauces for Scallops (with Easy Recipes)

There are many different sauces that can be paired with scallops, depending on your personal taste and the cooking method you are using. Here’s some great sauce options to try out.

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When it comes to sauces for scallops, there is no shortage of options.

Different sauces can add unique flavors and pairings, to make your scallop dish taste like it is from a top-notch restaurant.

No matter what ingredients you decide to use, these sauces will elevate your scallop dish and leave your guests impressed.

Keep reading to discover a new sauce that you love.

Then pair it with a couple scallop side dishes, a perfect seafood wine pairing, and you’re guaranteed an amazing dinner!

The BEST Scallop Sauce Recipes

Spoon stirring yellow herb sauce in small white bowl
This lemon butter sauce, made with dry white wine and fresh dill, is the upgrade your next fish dinner craves! Switch up your go-to weeknight dinner recipes with this 10-minute creamy sauce for fish.
Lemon Butter Sauce
Bearnaise sauce in small black bowl.
Perfect to be paired with scallops, this Bearnaise Sauce Recipe is flavored with fresh cracked blacked pepper and tarragon leaves.
Bearnaise Sauce
Overhead shot of remoulade in bowl with shrimp surrounding it.
This easy Louisiana-style Remoulade Sauce is a smoky and tangy dipping sauce that’s perfect for po’ boys, fried green tomatoes, and crab cakes.
Remoulade Sauce
Lemon caper sauce on spoon over small bowl.
This easy 6-ingredient lemon caper sauce has a delicious dimension of flavors and a velvety richness, making it the perfect match for fish, shrimp, chicken, and more! Ready in just 5 minutes, it’s a simple go-to sauce that always upgrades your weeknight dinner.
Lemon Caper Sauce
These spicy coconut curry scallops are delicious, savory, and an easy way to enjoy big sea scallops in fragrant curry sauce.
Get the RECIPE from Tried and True Recipes
A delicious creamy lemon white wine butter sauce that is incredibly easy to make and goes excellent with salmon, scallops, chicken or fish.
Get the RECIPE from Billy Parisi
Learn How to Make Brown Butter with my info packed guide. With intense, nutty caramel flavour, browned butter will elevate all your dishes.
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Scallops that are easy, fresh, pan seared and perfectly golden! Top them with a sweet and tangy citrus ginger sauce for a restaurant-quality meal that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Get the RECIPE from Downshiftology
Overhead shot of shrimp arranged on white plate with cocktail forks and bowl of cocktail sauce in the middle.
This easy Cocktail Sauce recipe is a zesty and tangy dipping sauce that’s perfect for prawn cocktails, po’ boys, and crab cakes. 
Cocktail Sauce
This Spicy Aioli is super quick and easy to make! This creamy and spicy sauce is the perfect sauce for scallops.
Get the RECIPE from Quenslee Appetit
Delicious seared scallops in a rich creamy saffron sauce. Learn how to sear scallops to make this restaurant quality dish at home! Perfect for entertaining!
Get the RECIPE from Sprinkles and Sprouts
Ditch the store bought stuff and learn how to make the BEST TARTAR SAUCE! Made with mayo, relish, herbs, and lots of citrus, this is fantastic as the perfect seafood dip!
Get the RECIPE from Grandbaby Cakes
Chimichurri sauce in small jar with spoon.
This Chimichurri Sauce recipe is packed with flavor and easy to make with simple ingredients & your blender or food processor.
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Bowl of mango salsa in serving bowl next to tortilla chips.
This sweet Mango Salsa has tons of flavor and flair! The bursts of acidity and brightness from the juicy fresh mangos, jalapeno, lime juice, and red onion are delicious with cajun seasoned scallops.
Mango Salsa
Learn to make Gremolata, a zesty Italian condiment that always adds fresh, vibrant flavor to seafood. All you need is fresh parsley, lemon zest, and garlic. Bonus: customize it with more add-ins or use olive oil to transform it into a marinade!
Romesco sauce in white bowl next to almonds and crusty bread.
Romesco Sauce is packed with flavor and easy to make with simple ingredients & your blender or food processor. This roasted red pepper based Spanish sauce is delicious with seared scallops.
Romesco Sauce
Spoonful of creamy garlic sauce.
This 5-minute Creamy Garlic Sauce recipe is an easy go-to sauce you can serve with pasta, chicken, shrimp, and so much more. The flavors are rich and savory, and will keep you coming back for more!
Creamy Garlic Sauce
Pineapple salsa served in fresh pineapple bowl.
This Easy Pineapple Salsa is light and fresh with just a hint of heat. It makes an amazing sauce for scallops.
Pineapple Salsa

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these scallop sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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15+ Flavorful Sauces for Scallops

There are so many delicious sauces that can be paired with scallops. Here's 15+ easy sauce options to try out. Try this lemon butter sauce. Made with dry white wine and fresh dill, is the upgrade your scallops crave!
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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • ¾ cup dry white wine (or dry vermouth)
  • 3 Tablespoons shallot (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (cut into 6 pieces)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Boil wine, shallot and lemon juice in a small saucepan over high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 6 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add butter, one piece at a time, whisking until melted before adding more.
  • Remove pan from heat. Stir in dill.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • If you don’t have dill, you can still use this delicious recipe, just swap the dill ingredient out for parsley, basil or tarragon.
  • If your sauce is too thin, you can continue cooking it over low-medium heat and whisk in a few tablespoons of cornstarch and cold water to thicken it up a bit. Always start with a little and add as needed.
  • If you over season the sauce, Like I said before, less is more! When making sauces especially, it’s super easy to season, taste, and season some more. To take down too much seasoning, you’ll have to add in more bone broth and water to balance the flavors — then likely more cornstarch to thinking the mixture again. You’ll then end up with LOTS of sauce.
  • If your sauce is too sour, then you probably just have a bit too much lemon juice in comparison to your other ingredients. Even that out by adding in a little more garlic, shallots, and white wine, then whisk together. Don’t be afraid to taste your sauce while you cook to ensure you’re getting the perfect flavors.
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Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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