What Can You Make for Dinner With Tilapia and Scallops?

by Rachel Murdock

Scallops can be teamed with tilapia for a tasty dinner.

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With all the health benefits of eating a seafood-rich diet, many people are searching for recipes that use different types of seafood. Recipes that use tilapia and scallops provide healthy and tasty meals. Tilapia is a readily available and inexpensive fish that is versatile in recipes. Scallops have a richer taste and are more expensive. There are many ways to combine tilapia and scallops for a satisfying dinner.

Tilapia and Scallops in Garlic Cream Sauce

This recipe calls for broiling the tilapia filets and sautéing the scallops in butter. Set the seafood aside and make a cream sauce using 2 tbsp. of melted butter, 2 tbsp. of flour, 3/4 cup of milk and salt, pepper and three crushed cloves of garlic for seasoning. Either mix the fish and scallops with the sauce or allow those eating to spoon as much sauce as they desire over the seafood. Serve the fish, scallops and cream sauce over noodles or rice.

Scallops and Tilapia Piccata

Sear the scallops and tilapia in hot butter for about 5 minutes until they are opaque. Remove them with a slotted spoon to a warm serving platter, then add 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 1/2 tsp. of salt and the juice from one lemon to the butter in the skillet. Add 2 tbsp. of parsley, then cook until the mixture is reduced by half. If you prefer, you can use 1/4 cup of chicken broth and 1/4 cup of white wine for the sauce. Pour the sauce over the seafood to serve. This dish is tasty served on angel hair pasta or by itself.

Seafood Languedoc

Tiliapia and scallops are stars of this seafood dish, which is best served over brown or wild rice. Caramelize one diced onion and four diced garlic cloves in 6 tbsp. of butter. Add 3 tbsp. of flour, 3/4 tsp. of white pepper and 1 tsp. of Old Bay Seasoning or salt and stir to form a slightly brown roux. Add 1 3/4 cup of liquid--your choice of fish stock or bullion or half fish stock and half white wine. Add 1/2 cup of milk as well. Then add 4 to 6 oz. of flaked, raw tilapia, 1 cup of scallops and 1 1/2 cups of small shrimp. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes, allowing the seafood to cook until opaque.

Cioppino

This seafood soup begins with a stock that is simmered for a long time. Sauté a diced rib of celery and a diced onion in 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of melted butter. Then add two 15-oz. cans of tomatoes, 1 cup of clam juice or fish stock, 2 cups of white wine or bullion, four cloves of crushed garlic, the juice of one lemon, 1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce, two bay leaves, 1 tsp. of dried basil, 1/2 tsp. of red pepper and 1/2 tsp. of salt. Simmer the stock on low heat for an hour or more, adding water as needed. Then add 1 lb. of tilapia, cut into chunks, 1 lb. of scallops and 24 large shrimp. The seafood will cook in approximately 5 minutes. Serve with parsley for garnish.

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About the Author

Rachel Murdock published her first article in "The Asheville Citizen Times" in 1982. Her work has been published in the "American Fork Citizen" and "Cincinnati Enquirer" as well as on corporate websites and in other online publications. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts in mass communication at Miami University of Ohio.