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Salmon and Scallop Skewers With Romesco Sauce

Quentin Bacon
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 6 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 skewers and 3 tablespoons romesco sauce)
Salmon and scallops come together between onion, red bell pepper, and poblano chile pieces for a delicious dinner all under 300 calories.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for brushing grill
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 (8-ounce) salmon fillet cut into 8 equal pieces
  • 8 ounces sea scallops (about 8 scallops)
  • 8 (8-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 poblano chile, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Romesco Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped blanched almonds (8–9 almonds)
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup drained bottled roasted red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, roasted
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 264
  • fat 15 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 10 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 19 g
  • carbohydrate 8 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 46 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 207 mg
  • calcium 34 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill or grill pan.

  2. In a baking dish, combine first 4 ingredients (through lime juice). Add salmon and scallops to dish, and stir with a wooden spoon to coat all pieces. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

  3. For the Romesco Sauce, process the almonds and garlic in a blender until coarsely chopped. Add the roasted red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, 1 teaspoon hot water, and sherry vinegar, blending until smooth and scraping down the sides, if necessary. Season with the salt and pepper, and set aside.

  4. Remove the salmon and scallops from the marinade, and discard liquid. Pat dry each scallop and chunk of fish with paper towels. (This will let the outside get crisp.)

  5. Thread each wooden skewer lengthwise with scallops, salmon, onion, red bell pepper, and poblano chile pieces.

  6. Lightly brush grill rack or grill pan with oil. Cook skewers over indirect heat 2–3 minutes, then turn gently so that the fish doesn't break and fall into the fire. (Using a vegetable or fish basket makes it easier.) Continue to cook 2 minutes more or until salmon feels firm to the touch and scallops show light grill marks. Remove skewers from grill or grill pan.

  7. Arrange 2 skewers on each plate, and spoon the Romesco Sauce over them, or pile the skewers on a serving platter and serve the Romesco Sauce on the side. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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