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Vietnamese Grilled Scallops

17/12/2015 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

Simple yet thoroughly delicious, these Vietnamese Grilled Scallops are full of melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Like heaven on a shell, they’re the perfect appetiser or seafood snack. This is one of the easiest meals we’ve stumbled across in Vietnam.

Vietnamese Grilled Scallops - For the perfect lunch by the beach, grill these bad boys up with some amazing spring onions and peanuts for the TASTIEST seafood you can imagine. | wandercooks.com

The perfect lunch by the beach, grill these bad boys with amazing spring onion and peanuts for the TASTIEST Vietnamese Grilled Scallops you can imagine. 

Quy Nhon would have to be the least touristic town we’ve ever visited. I doubt that many western tourists venture there, judging by the celebrity treatment we received the minute we arrived. Almost everywhere we went, people smiled, waved, and called out ‘Hello!’

It was a nice change from the usual calls of ‘Hey lady! Moto-bike? Taxi!?’

We’d set out that day in search of something different for lunch, so keen to try something we’d read about online that we walked over two kilometres in the blazing heat to get there. Dodging bikes and busy market stalls, we turned the corner and stopped dead, our hopes dashed.

The restaurant was very, very closed.

Deciding not to give up hope, we headed to the beach to see what we could find along the foreshore instead. If we didn’t find anything good, at least we could enjoy the amazing views across the gorgeous, deserted beach.

And that’s where we found these amazing Vietnamese Grilled Scallops.

Vietnamese Grilled Scallops - For the perfect lunch by the beach, grill these bad boys up with some amazing spring onions and peanuts for the TASTIEST seafood you can imagine. | wandercooks.com

Normally we would avoid beachside restaurants altogether. In bigger cities they normally cater to hordes of tourists which prices to match. Not so in Quy Nhon.

Managing to score a table at one of the busiest restaurants we’d seen in town, we settled in amongst the locals and ordered this huge plate of scallops.

They came out to the table in all their freshly grilled glory, looking like something out of a seafood lover’s dream. Grilled in peanut oil and dressed in chopped spring onion and roasted peanuts, the flavour was simple yet the texture was absolute melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Vietnamese Grilled Scallops - For the perfect lunch by the beach, grill these bad boys up with some amazing spring onions and peanuts for the TASTIEST seafood you can imagine. | wandercooks.com

They sure didn’t last long.

Within one bite, the scallops shot up to the top of Sarah’s all-time favourite foods list. Well, for Vietnam at least. 😉

I’m not usually one to go straight for the seafood, but in this case I couldn’t get enough of these scrumptious scallops, especially when slathered in the amazing chilli/lime dipping sauce.

They were seriously so good, we just had to go up to the owners and, using our limited Vietnamese vocab and super-sophisticated hand gestures (ha!), plead for them to spill the beans on their delicious recipes.

Why had we never heard of Vietnamese Grilled Scallops before?

Vietnamese Grilled Scallops - For the perfect lunch by the beach, grill these bad boys up with some amazing spring onions and peanuts for the TASTIEST seafood you can imagine. | wandercooks.com

Just look at them!

Yummmm.

We’d never come across this scallops + peanut flavour combination in all our wandering travels, and it blew our minds. Have you tried anything like this before?

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Vietnamese Grilled Scallops - For the perfect lunch by the beach, grill these bad boys up with some amazing spring onions and peanuts for the TASTIEST seafood you can imagine. | wandercooks.com

Vietnamese Grilled Scallops

Vietnamese Grilled Scallops - For the perfect lunch by the beach, grill these bad boys up with some amazing spring onions and peanuts for the TASTIEST seafood you can imagine.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 12
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 12 scallops
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2-3 spring onions finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp roasted crushed peanuts

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 1-2 birds eye chillies finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp kaffir lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp water

Instructions

  • Pound garlic, chillies and sugar to a fine paste with a mortar and pestle. Add the lime juice, fish sauce, vinegar and water and stir until combined. (Alternatively, blend ingredients together in a blender.) Place in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Place the scallops on a barbecue or grill, and cook on a medium high heat for about 5 minutes until they open.
  • While the scallops are cooking, heat the oil in a saucepan and add the chopped spring onion. Simmer for a few minutes to release the flavour, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Once the scallops open, remove the top shell and discard. Top each scallop with a teaspoon of the spring onion oil and roasted crushed peanuts.
  • Continue to cook for a further two minutes until the spring onion oil begins to simmer.
  • Transfer to a plate and serve immediately with the dipping sauce.
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18 Comments

  • Reply
    jacquee | i sugar coat it!
    24/12/2015 at 1:31 am

    Vietnamese and Thai cuisine are at the top of my list. These are total awesomeness!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/12/2015 at 1:47 am

      Could not agree more Jacquee. They are DEFINITELY at the top of ours too. We’re feeling a bit sad that we’re leaving Vietnam tomorrow 🙁

      However! Singapore is up next, so let’s see what they have in store for us this Christmas! 🙂

  • Reply
    Brian Jones
    23/12/2015 at 8:38 pm

    I really miss being able to get good seafood, scallops are a favourite of mine and this recipe sounds heavenly!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 8:59 pm

      Oh we are going to miss it too when we get home, seafood is so expensive! But if you find some we hope you enjoy 😉

  • Reply
    Vicky @ Avocdo Pesto
    23/12/2015 at 1:08 am

    These sound delicious! How long were you in Vietnam? My bf and I spent a month backpacking from north to south but didn’t make it to this town. We both looooved Vietnam and the food there! Aaah take me back!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 1:14 am

      We spent one month in Vietnam and swear we could live here for the food alone, it’s so good! We travelled from Ho Chi Minh in the south to Hoi An in the centre – the north we’ll save for another trip. Already can’t wait to be back! 😀

  • Reply
    Mark, CompassandFork
    19/12/2015 at 10:14 pm

    We spent 2 wonderful months in Vietnam and the food was a major highlight. It is underrated and lives under the shadow of Thai food. I think it is at least as good! These scallops look great. Nice story by the way.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/12/2015 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Mark! We’ve been having a ball eating our way through Vietnam this past month, and can easily say it’s as good as, if not better than, Thai cuisine. Each are good in their own way, but the variety in Vietnam is amazing – not to mention delicious!

  • Reply
    Rachel @ Delicious Balance
    19/12/2015 at 10:37 am

    That flavor combination sounds so amazing! Sometimes the most unplanned meals end up being the best! I love your story of discovering this dish!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/12/2015 at 7:54 pm

      Most definitely Rachel – it’s amazing what you can discover when things don’t go to plan! 😉

  • Reply
    AiPing | Curious Nut
    19/12/2015 at 6:50 am

    As a Southeast Asian-er myself, I have never been to Vietnam (shys). By any chance have you guys stepped foot in Malaysia? It’s heaven there. Food heaven. Oh and these scallops look delicious. Don’t mind if I grab one.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/12/2015 at 7:52 pm

      Hey AiPing! We haven’t been to Malaysia yet but it’s on the itinerary, we’ll be heading there early next year. Malaysian food is one of our favourites and we can’t wait to get some of the real thing. Also, you should definitely head to Vietnam if you can – incredible food from awesome people 🙂

  • Reply
    Sarah
    19/12/2015 at 4:20 am

    Oh man, I loooove scallops and this looks amazing! This is definitely something that I need in my life stat!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/12/2015 at 7:49 pm

      Get on it, you won’t regret it! Haha 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    18/12/2015 at 3:00 pm

    Your photos are always so pretty! Love the kaffir lime juice.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/12/2015 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Emily! That’s one of our favourite Southeast Asian ingredients too, especially when it gives this spicy dipping sauce a zesty kick!

  • Reply
    Kathi @ laughingspatula
    18/12/2015 at 11:33 am

    Cooking Scallops is an art! I certainly don’t have the skill…but you two do! Nicely done, beautiful photos!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/12/2015 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Kathi. Cooking them is fun but eating them is better! Haha 🙂

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