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These Bourbon Grilled Scallops are cooked on skewers on the grill, and topped with an easy, sweet bourbon sauce!
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5 from 3 votes

Grilled Bourbon Scallops

These Grilled Scallops with Bourbon Sauce are cooked on skewers on the grill, and topped with an easy, sweet bourbon sauce!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 357kcal


Grilled Scallops:

  • 7 ounces sea scallops (3-5 per person, depending on the size) dry-packed, no chemical additives
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch sea salt

Bourbon Sauce:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup bourbon

Equipment Needed:

  • charcoal or gas grill
  • metal skewers OR soaked wooden skewers


  • Preheat your grill to high heat.
  • Meanwhile, pour balsamic vinegar and bourbon together and set aside. Keep the balsamic-bourbon mixture within arm's reach, so that you can grab it quickly when the honey is ready.
  • Pour honey into a small, heavy-bottomed pot and turn heat to medium. In about 1-2 minutes, the honey should start to bubble. Stir it with a wooden spoon until the honey darkens in color and turns amber (about 3 more minutes). (*Note- The caramelizing honey will be VERY hot. Do not touch it or attempt to taste it at this point.)
  • Carefully, standing back from the pot in case of splash-back, pour the balsamic and bourbon mixture into the pot with the honey. Stir, and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Take sauce off the heat, and set aside. (*Note- If the sauce cools and thickens too much while the scallops are cooking, simply set it back on the heat for about a minute, or until it heats up again.)
  • Pat scallops dry, then brush both sides of the scallops with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.  Slide them onto skewers.
  • Grill scallops 3-4 minutes per side, until the edges get dark grill marks.  Serve while still hot with the bourbon sauce.


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg