Creamy Lemon Marinated Shrimp or Scallops

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"This is such an easy and quick marinade. It is delicious with both shrimp and scallops. I do suggest that this recipe should be grilled if possible; even a grill pan would work just fine. Serve over a lemon herb orzo, and grilled zucchini on the side; for a very quick dinner. Prep time does NOT include marinating time."

Original is 3 servings
  • Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (212.8 g)
  • Calories 215.4
  • Total Fat - 7.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 221.7 mg
  • Sodium - 1912.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 4.6 g
  • Protein - 23.8 g
  • Calcium - 102.2 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Marinade ... Add the mayonnaise, garlic, oyster sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and lemon pepper to a small bowl; and, mix to combine. Add the shrimp or scallops and toss to combine. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 30 minutes up to an hour - but no longer.

Step 2

Shrimp or Scallops ... Make sure to take the seafood out of the refrigerator, and out of the marinade; and, transfer to a plate to take the chill off. You never want to cook with cold seafood.

Step 3

Grill ... Now, as mentioned; I like a grill pan or outside grill; I think you get a much better favor. If using an outside grill, I usually skewer the seafood to make it easier. If using an inside grill pan, it is not necessary. Grill on high heat; and, make sure to oil the pan or grill first. They can also be done in a heavy pan, such as a cast iron pan. The shrimp will take about 3-4 minutes per side; scallops a minute or two less. However, it really depends on the method in which you decide to cook them. An outside grill take take a few minutes longer.

Step 4

Serve and ENJOY! ... As mentioned, I like to serve over a simple lemon herb orzo, and garnish with scallions; and, maybe some grilled vegetables on the side. It is quick and easy. The mayonnaise crease almost a 'crust' on the seafood, which is really delicious.


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Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting shrimp, look for ones that are firm and smell of the sea, not fishy.
  • When selecting scallops, make sure they are moist and have a sweet smell.

  • Substitute Greek yogurt for mayonnaise: Greek yogurt is a healthier option than mayonnaise and will still provide the creamy texture to the marinade. It is also a good source of protein.
  • Substitute olive oil for oyster sauce: Olive oil is a healthier alternative to oyster sauce and will still provide the same flavor to the marinade. It is also a good source of healthy fats.

Coconut Curry Shrimp Replace the mayonnaise, garlic, oyster sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and lemon pepper seasoning with 1/4 cup coconut cream, 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric. Marinate the shrimp for 30 minutes and cook in a heavy pan over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side.

Grilled Zucchini: Grilled zucchini is a delicious and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with the marinated shrimp or scallops. It is quick to make and adds a fresh, summery flavor to the meal. Plus, it is a healthy option that will add a bit of crunch and color to the plate.

Grilled Corn on the Cob: Grilled corn on the cob is a classic summer side dish that pairs perfectly with the marinated shrimp or scallops. It is easy to make and adds a sweet, smoky flavor to the meal. Plus, the bright yellow color adds a pop of color to the plate. This dish is a great way to add some extra vegetables to the meal without sacrificing flavor.


Q: How long should I marinate the shrimp or scallops?

A: The marinade should be refrigerated for 30 minutes up to an hour, but no longer.

Q: Can I use the marinade for other seafood?

A: Yes, the marinade can be used with other types of seafood, such as salmon, tuna, or cod.

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Fun facts:

The recipe for Creamy Lemon Marinated Shrimp or Scallops is a favorite of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. He often serves this dish at his world-renowned restaurants.

The use of mayonnaise as a marinade is a popular cooking technique in French cuisine. It has been used in French cooking since the 18th century and is still used today in many classic dishes.