Netarts Bay Alder Smoked Scallops
As early as the 1400's, the Killamook Indians inhabited the sandy spits surrounding beautiful Netarts Bay. The area originally called "Ne ta at", meaning "near the water", later become known as Netarts.
With the bay's flat, calm, mirror like finish, modern day kayak's glide silently in the clear water. Scallops can be seen on the bottom and occasionally small fish spooked from the gently swaying eel grass beds as you paddle above them. Netarts Bay, a true delight on the North Oregon Coast!
Suggested Plank: 4 Alder 7" Planks - Soak for 1-1/2-2 hours
- 12 large or 16 medium-sized bay or sea scallops
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Course sea salt
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 Tsp finely grated lemon zest
- 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tsp chopped fresh dill
- 1/2 Tsp crushed dried red chili flakes
- 1 Tbsp honey
Gas and charcoal preheat to high heat (450° to 550°) for ten minutes. Arrange fire for cooking on direct heat.
While BBQ is preheating, place the scallops in a nonreactive bowl. Season them with a little sea salt and set aside.
In a saucepan over low heat, combine the lemon juice and zest, vinegar, butter, chopped dill, chili flakes and honey.
Cook, stirring constantly, just until the butter is incorporated into the sauce. Remove from the heat and pour half the mixture over the scallops, tossing to coat.
- Place soaked and rinsed planks on preheated grill for 4- 5 minutes.
- Remove from grill and coat cooking side of planks with generous amounts of olive oil.
- Divide up scallops and place on the the four planks. Arrange planks on grill with space between each.
- Close lid and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Turn and baste scallops again with remaining mixture and cook for another minute or two until done.
Planks may catch fire during cooking. Cook time is short so you may want to allow to burn for maximum smoke flavor, (not to mention a fabulous presentation) or manage flames with squirt gun. Plank cooking is active BBQ not passive!
Remove planks from grill. Allow to cool just a bit. You can remove scallops from planks to serve or serve and eat directly of each plank for a rustic, delicious plating that is sure to please.