Grilled Scallop and Shrimp Brochettes with Cilantro-Chili Butter

Updated October 07, 2016
This image courtesy of Ditte Isager

These are lovely, and fun to eat with your fingers. Take care not to overcook the scallops and shrimp or they'll turn rubbery. The recipe makes more cilantro-chili butter than you need, but it keeps for about a week in the refrigerator and is also good with grilled meats and fish.


Cooking Methodgrilling



Total Timeunder 4 hours

OccasionCocktail Party, game day

Recipe Coursemain course, tapas/small plates

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, low carb, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Equipmentgrill, grill pan


Taste and Textureherby, rich, savory, spiced, tangy

Type of Dishskewer


  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves minced
  • Small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped
  • Grated zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 12 sea scallops
  • 12 large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 small, fresh, red chili pepper, deseeded and minced
  • Small handful of cilantro, leaves chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely crushed


First, prepare the cilantro-chili butter. Place all the ingredients in a bowl along with a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. Beat with a fork until well combined. Spoon the butter along the length of a large sheet of plastic wrap and roll up in the wrap to shape the butter into a log. Holding the sides of the wrap, roll the log on the work surface to even out the thickness. Refrigerate for a few hours until firm.

Soak 12 bamboo skewers in cold water for about 20 minutes. This will help to prevent them from burning too quickly during grilling.

Mix the oiive oil, chopped herbs, and lemon zest and juice together in a bowl. Thread two scallops and two shrimp alternately on each soaked skewer, then brush with the lemon and herb marinade. Place the skewers on a tray, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

Prepare the barbecue or heat a cast-iron grill pan until hot. Season the scallops and shrimp with salt and pepper. Grill over coals or on the hot pan until the scallops and shrimp are opaque and lightly charred, 1½-2 minutes on each side. During cooking, baste occasionally with any leftover marinade. Remove to a serving plate and top with slices of the cilantro-chiii butter. Serve immediately.


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This looks like a recipe I could enjoy with my home churned butter from my own cows.


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