How to grill scallops on a cedar plank

How to grill scallops on a cedar plank

Grilling scallops on a cedar plank adds a delicious smoky flavor to this seafood delicacy. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to grill scallops on a cedar plank by Papa Ken at Maine Grilling Products.


  • Fresh scallops
  • Cedar plank (soaked in water or better yet, chardonnay for at least 1 hour)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges (optional, for serving)


  1. Prepare the Cedar Plank:

    • Submerge the cedar plank in water or pre-soaked cedar planks in chardonnay for at least 1 hour before grilling. This prevents it from catching fire on the grill.
    • You can also add flavor to the plank by soaking it in white wine, apple juice, or other liquids for added complexity.
  2. Preheat the Grill:

    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400-450°F or 200-230°C). It's essential to have a two-zone fire: one side for direct heat and one side for indirect heat.
  3. Prepare the Scallops:

    • Rinse the scallops under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
    • Remove the small side muscle (if present) from each scallop. It's a small, tough piece that's typically attached to the side of the scallop.
  4. Season the Scallops:

  5. Place Scallops on Cedar Plank:

    • Take the soaked cedar plank out of the water and pat it dry.
    • Arrange the seasoned scallops evenly on the cedar plank, leaving a bit of space between each one.
  6. Grill the Scallops:

    • Place the cedar plank with the scallops on the indirect heat side of the grill.
    • Close the grill lid and let the scallops cook for about 8-10 minutes or until they are opaque and slightly firm to the touch. Be careful not to overcook them, as scallops can become tough and rubbery if cooked too long.
  7. Optional Basting:

    • If you'd like, you can brush the scallops with a bit of melted butter or a sauce of your choice during the last few minutes of cooking for added flavor.
  8. Serve:

    • Carefully remove the cedar plank with the cooked scallops from the grill.
    • Serve the grilled scallops immediately on the cedar plank or transfer them to a serving platter.
    • Garnish with lemon wedges if desired.

Grilled scallops on a cedar plank make for a delightful and flavorful seafood dish. Enjoy your meal! Papa Ken

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