Scallops perfect for a barbie grill

Scallops with chilli garlic butter
Scallops with chilli garlic butter

When it comes to barbecues, we generally just throw a few burgers and sausages on the grill a few times a year.

But Christian Stevenson, aka DJ BBQ, a regular on Jamie Olivers’ ‘Food Tube’, is on a mission to keep us barbecuing long into autumn and winter – so here’s a recipe from ‘The BBQ Book’ by DJ BBQ.

SCALLOPS WITH CHILLI GARLIC BUTTER

(Serves 2)

12 scallops, trimmed, with the shells

100ml dry white wine

1/2 a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked

For the chilli garlic butter:

2tbsp olive oil

100g salted butter

3 cloves of garlic, peeled

1 fresh red chilli

1tsp freshly-ground black pepper

Spread hot coals over the base of your barbecue in a flat, even layer – the scallops are cooked directly on the coals.

Start by making the chilli garlic butter, either on the barbecue or over a medium heat on the hob. The longer those flavours get to hang out together, the better. Place the oil and butter in a pan to melt. Meanwhile, finely chop the garlic and chilli (keep the seeds in if you like the heat), then add to the pan with the black pepper. Give it a good stir, let the ingredients party, then set aside.

Place the shells with the scallops inside them on a platter, then add a dash of white wine to each one. Using tongs, place each shell directly on the grey coals, carefully positioning them so they can’t tip over. Cover with the lid like an outdoor oven and cook for four to six minutes, or until cooked through, turning the scallops halfway with tongs. Carefully remove the shells to a serving platter and drizzle about one tablespoon of the melted chilli garlic butter over each golden scallop. Roughly chop and scatter over the parsley leaves, then serve right away.