Scallops With Roasted Pepper Butter Sauce

Scallops with Roasted Pepper Butter Sauce Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke


  • 30 sea scallops (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • 4 medium red bell peppers (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Fresh basil (optional)


Thread 5 scallops onto each of 6 (12-inch) skewers. Cover and chill.

Preheat broiler.

Cut peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag. Seal and let stand 10 minutes. Peel peppers, and discard skins. Place peppers, broth, and wine in a blender; process until smooth. Combine pepper mixture and basil in a skillet. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 5 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low; gradually add butter, stirring until melted. Cover and keep warm.

Prepare grill.

Sprinkle kabobs with salt; place on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done. Serve with bell pepper sauce. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.

    Double-skewering scallops makes turning them on the grill easier. Just thread the scallops onto a skewer, then run another one through the scallops parallel to the first.
  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 5 scallops and 1/4 cup sauce)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 208
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 23%
Fat per serving: 5.2g
Saturated fat per serving: 2.5g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 1.2g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.7g
Protein per serving: 29.8g
Carbohydrate per serving: 9.4g
Fiber per serving: 1.6g
Cholesterol per serving: 67mg
Iron per serving: 0.9mg
Sodium per serving: 970mg
Calcium per serving: 52mg

Good to Know

This low-carbohydrate meal is loaded with protein and vitamin B12. Bell peppers also provide vitamin C and fiber.

This Recipe Is