Grilled Scallops on Avocado Sauce

We love scallops but don’t have them often. They’re a wee bit expensive.

But, as they are also a wee bit rich, one doesn’t need a lot of them for a satisfying dish.

The avocado sauce would work well with grilled shrimp or fish as well.

Or pasta or burgers or….

For the other half of the avocado, simply put it cut side down on a plate and refrigerate.  It will keep a day or two just fine.

Grilled Scallops on Avocado Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 10oz (300gr) sea scallops (large scallops) 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 2 tbs oil
  • Avocado Sauce:
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 tbs Greek or plain yogurt
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tbs fresh chives, chopped

scallops on avocado sauce


  • Mix oil, cumin and lime juice. 
  • Add scallops and stir to coat.
  • Avocado Sauce
  • Purée avocado, yogurt, lime juice and chicken stock in a blender until smooth. 
  • Stir in chives.
  • Grill scallops over direct heat 3 – 5 minutes per side, just until they are opaque.
  • Note:  Could also be quickly sautéed in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat for about the same amount of time.
  • To serve: Divide Avocado Sauce and spoon onto 2 plates.  Arrange scallops on Sauce and serve.

Spider update:

Last night I called mon mari to come upstairs and dispose of the latest spider.

He asked where it was.

I said it was behind the door in the bathroom.

He asked why I was looking behind doors.


I was checking for spiders!!!!!

What did he think I was doing – seeing if the hinges needed oil?

Did he really think I would go into a confined space without doing a thorough spider check first?

How long has this man known me?

Does he know me?

This morning, because I couldn’t help myself, I Googled spiders.

I wanted to know why they wanted to come in my house in the fall.

Turns out they don’t.

Outside spiders don’t want to come in the house.

There’s no food for them in the house and they don’t like the environment.

Spiders don’t feel cold so they’re not looking for a warm place for winter.

Outside spiders want to be outside and inside spiders want to be inside.

So all you do-gooders out there who carefully carry inside spiders outside to ‘free’ them are really being mean….

The question remains – why, every fall, do I (and a lot of other people) start seeing spiders everywhere in the house?

They’re male spiders…… Looking for a little action.

The female spiders stay nicely tucked away, out of sight.  The males are looking for them.

In our case, I don’t think these are the typical house spiders – they’re too big.  I’m guessing they’re barn spiders who just took a wrong turn.

I don’t really care.  I don’t want them in my house.

There was actually a lot more information on the site I found…. But there were also pictures of spiders.

I can’t look at pictures of spiders and it was hard holding up the book to hide the pictures and still be able to read the info…..

Last update on October 13, 2018

Comments 12

  1. Scallops and avocado, both on my favourite food list! This sounds great! My husband told me I was mean for insisting he takes the spiders out of the house as they were house spiders! Having said that the other night he took the giant one that nearly crawled on him not just out of the house but beyond the garden too!

  2. The inside and outside are the same here so the spiders are everywhere. Not mean ones though; mostly benign, mostly.

  3. Well who knew. I have seen pretty large spiders looking for their mates here in the house. That does not make me confident:D As for the avocado sauce it would be lovely on all of the dishes you mentioned.

  4. Avocado sauce sounds great Katie. The spiders Ooooooh
    Luckily in our area we only get mainly Daddy Long Legs
    The rest stay outside but we do get big native cockroaches. They are not the ghastly fifthly kind, they just look nasty. They seem to come inside to die.
    So up the vacuum cleaner they go

  5. Both scallops and avocados are on the pricey side here. But this looks like a “must have this” dish. Maybe for our next splash out dinner.
    I did not know that about indoor vs outdoor spiders. I’m going to pretend I don’t know about it next time I see the kind of spider that looks like a hobo spider inside. I don’t care that it’s probably not a hobo spider. But I really don’t care for spiders that lunge.
    But the little hopping wolf spiders are welcome to stay. I like the way they look at me when I notice them hopping across the kitchen window. 🙂

  6. I never thought to make an avocado sauce for scallops – great idea.
    As for spiders, I’m trying those hedge balls to see if they really help keep spiders away…

  7. Wow. Talk about heavenly! This looks so very good! We love scallops too, and I imagine that this sauce would be perfect for those buttery pieces of seafood gold. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Jayne, how very brave of him…. I saw a house once with a spider ladder in the tub. I’m not that nice.
    Phoenicia, temperament has nothing to do with it…. It’s all about size!
    Cindy, do they eat spiders?
    Val, I encourage them to go prowl outside….
    Gilli, we get a lot of daddy long legs to – they spin webs faster than a blink…. I’m not scared of them.
    Elizabeth, the little hopping ones are fine…. I’d look up hobo spiders, but then I’d half to look at them.
    manningroad, I totally agree!
    Mimi, nothing we’ve tried helps. The avocado sauce helps a little, though LOL
    Monet, thanks – it really works well together (IMHO)
    Zoomie, really – who knew? And I didn’t really want to know….
    Frank, does that mean I have to put up with this until Halloween?!?!?

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