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Scallops with Pineapple Salsa Appetizer Recipe

Scallops Appetizer with Pineapple Salsa and Plum Wasabi Drizzle make a delicious Asian-inspired scallop appetizer recipe. It looks fancy but it’s quick and easy to make.

This post was currently released in 2016 so it was time for an update. I’ve clarified the instructions and added some tips for a better reading experience. No changes were made to the recipe.

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Easy Scallop Appetizer with Pineapple Salsa

Soft and tender seared scallops combined with the crunch of sweet fresh pineapple salsa make a delicious combination but adding a drizzle of plum wasabi sauce adds a touch of Asian spice that takes this scallop appetizer recipe over the top.

What I love about scallop appetizers

  • Cold or hot. This recipe is delicious as a cold scallop appetizer or served warm.
  • Make ahead. Make the pineapple salsa and the plum wasabi sauce earlier in the day and assemble them 5 minutes before your guests arrive.
  • Versatile. I’ll give you some scallop appetizer ideas to make this recipe your own.
  • Quick and Easy any time. This scallops appetizer can be made any time of year.
Angled view of scallop appetizer recipe witting on pineapple salsa in an endive leave. Hostess At Heart

Scallops appetizer recipe ingredients

Scallops

I used fresh Sea Scallops which are larger than bay scallops. They are sweet and have a tender texture. This guide provides some great information on scallops if you want to read more about them.

These scallops are seared in a light coating of oil. I recommend a neutral-flavored oil such as canola or vegetable oil.

Pineapple salsa

  • Pineapple. I used fresh pineapple and diced it in small pieces so that it would stay on my endive lettuce leaves.
  • Shallot. Shallot tends to be less harsh than onion and slices in finer pieces.
  • Ginger. Fresh ginger.
  • Cilantro. In addition to adding beautiful color to this dish, the flavor goes well with this pineapple salsa recipe.
  • Salt. Just a sprinkle brings out the sweetness in the pineapple.

Plum wasabi sauce

  • Plum sauce. Found in the Asian section of your grocery store.
  • Wasabi. Prepared wasabi. I buy it in a tube and refrigerate it. It keeps for a long time.
  • Soy sauce. Adds a salty element to the sweetness of the plum sauce.
Close up view of a cooked scallop drizzed with wasabi sauce and garnished with cilantro and cracked black pepper - Hostess At Heart

How to make this scallops appetizer recipe

Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

Since the scallops cook quickly, we make the other parts of this scallops appetizer first.

  1. Dice up the pineapple in small pieces. Slice the shallot thinly and combine it with the salsa. Stir in the freshly grated ginger and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.
  2. Combine the wasabi sauce ingredients stirring until smooth.
  3. Cook the scallops.
    1. Apply a small amount of oil to a skillet. When hot add scallops. Let cook for two minutes without moving. Flip and cook for three more minutes. Remove from the pan.
  4. Assemble the scallop appetizer by trimming the bottom of an endive leave so it sits flat. Spoon in some pineapple salsa. Top with a cooked scallop. Drizzle with plum wasabi sauce.
  5. Garnish with additional cilantro if desired.

Scallop Pineapple Salsa appetizer serving and substitution suggestions

I served my served scallops with pineapple salsa over endive leaves. It made a fancy presentation and also made this a finger appetizer. You could also use the small leaves of butter lettuce.

Other serving ideas include plating on Asian spoons or small dishes so guests can help themselves.

You can also find scallop shells for a beautiful presentation.

I like a drizzle of plum wasabi sauce. John likes his much spicier so I serve some extra sauce in a small dish with a small spoon so guests can use more if they desire.

If for some reason you choose not to use pineapple, pears would be amazing in this recipe.

This recipe would work very well with shrimp. I would bake the shrimp just like we do in this recipe.

Common scallops appetizer faqs

What is the best kind of scallop to use?

I used fresh sea scallops for this scallop appetizer recipe. Bay scallops are much smaller but could be combined with the pineapple salsa for more of a seafood salsa appetizer.

Should you rinse scallops before cooking?

Yes, rinse the scallops and then pat them dry before cooking. Don’t soak them. They’ll absorb the water and the moisture will keep them from browning.

How long should scallops be cooked?

The scallops that I used took 5 minutes. Heat a pan glazed with oil and when hot add the scallops. Don’t move them for 2 minutes. Turn them and sear the other side for 3 minutes.

You can tell if scallops are done when they have an opaque appearance in the center and golden brown on the edges.

Can this scallops appetizer recipe be made ahead of time?

This appetizer is delicious hot or cold, so it can be made in advance and assembled before guests arrive or when you want a nice light lunch. It’s delicious with a glass of white wine too!

Top down view of a seared scallop appetizer recipe sitting on top of pineapple salsa inside an endive leaf. - hostess at heart

Tips for the perfect scallops appetizer with pineapple salsa

If you use the endive lettuce, shave the bottom flat so that they lay flat and don’t tip over spilling those ingredients.

I used fresh pineapple but you can use canned pineapple. Drain it well before making your salsa.

Cook only a few scallops at a time and don’t leave them. They sear very quickly and can overcook quickly.

If you tried this delicious recipe, don’t forget to rate it and leave me a comment telling me what you think. I love hearing from you!

Sidebiew of a row of cooked scallops sitting on diced pineapple inside endive lettuce leaves on a white plate - Hostess At Heart

Scallops with Pineapple Salsa Recipe with Plum Wasabi Drizzle

Author: Hostess At Heart
Scallops with Pineapple Salsa and Plum Wasabi Drizzle recipe make an impressive Asian-inspired scallops appetizer. It's quick and easy to make and can be served hot or cold.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Seafood
Cuisine American
Keyword: scallop appetizer, Scallops with Pineapple Salsa
Servings: 6

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 6 fresh scallops rinsed and dried
  • 2 endive washed and leaves separated
  • 2 tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil

Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 cup pineapple diced
  • 1 tbsp shallot finely diced
  • 1 tsp ginger fresh grated
  • 1/2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Plum Wasabi Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Plum Sauce found with the Asian ingredients
  • 1/4 tsp Wasabi prepared
  • 1/4 tsp soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Combine the salsa ingredients together and the plum wasabi sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
  • Wash and pat dry scallops. Salt and pepper on both sides.
    In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until an added drop of water sizzles. Add scallops, and cook on the first side for 2 minutes. Don't attempt to move them until it is time to turn them.
    Turn the scallops and cook on the other side for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from the skillet.
  • Fill each leaf with pineapple salsa. Top with a scallop and drizzle with plum wasabi sauce.
  • Can be served hot or cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 5gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 222mgPotassium: 546mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3250IUVitamin C: 10.6mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 1.5mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Side view of a cooked scallop appetizer recipe sitting on top of pineapple salsa and drizzled with wasabi sauce - hostess at heart

Do you love seafood? I do with a couple of exceptions. I don’t care for oysters and have never been a huge scallop lover.

So, when I was brainstorming for new recipes, I was completely shocked when this recipe for Scallops with Pineapple Salsa and Plum Wasabi Drizzle started formulating in my little pea-sized brain.

I love having friends over and always plan on an appetizer or two to kick off the evening. Sometimes they are simple and sometimes I like getting a little fancier. This recipe would come under the fake-out fancy scallop appetizer category even though they’re so fast and simple to make.

Recipe Rating




Erin

Sunday 4th of December 2022

These scallops are just utter perfection! Made them for date night, and they were a hit!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 4th of December 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed them. They're a great appetizer or lunch.

Susannah

Sunday 4th of December 2022

A friend made these for a party recently and everyone loved them! I am so glad to have the recipe.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 4th of December 2022

Thank you, Susannah! We love serving this recipe too.

Michaela Kenkel

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Wow! These are really impressive! We actually had them for dinner last night and WOW! Super good!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 4th of December 2022

Thank you, Michaela. We had them for lunch LOL.

minnie

Friday 2nd of December 2022

This is absolutely delicious! I feel so fancy whenever I make this!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Thank you, Minnie! It does look fancy but is so easy!

Debi

Wednesday 30th of November 2022

Scallops are my favorite and this was delicious. I left off the wasabi, but the pineapple salsa was flavorful enough!