Scallop Tacos with Mango Salsa

Quick and easy to make these scallop tacos make for a great meal. Topped with a fresh mango salsa they are bursting with bright flavors, making this a recipes that will quickly become a favorite. 

I have always liked this recipe since it is so easy to make. The salsa can be made earlier in the day and then all you have to do is sear the scallops. If they are made with street taco tortillas they are a perfect idea for a party or game night. 

In this recipe

One of the best parts about this recipe is all of the fresh fruit that is used. The scallops are the star of the dish and the salsa is a great complement. When making the salsa you will want to make sure that the cuts of the tomato, avocado, and mango are roughly the same size and on the smaller side. This can be made ahead of time since the lime juice will help keep the avocado from browning. Just cover with some cling film and refrigerate. 

Ingredients for scallop taco
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Searing the scallops

Searing scallops is a fast and easy way to make a flavorful scallop. It is important to make sure that the pan and the oil are hot before you add the scallops. If you add the scallops to a cold or cool pan you will not texture you desire. The scallops would cook over a longer time before the sear would take place causing chewy or overcook scallops. 

Searing the first side of scallops in a pan
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searing the other side of scallops in a pan
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For this recipe it is important to use large sea scallops instead of the smaller ones. Once the pan and oil are hot take your seasoned scallops and place the widest flat part down on the pan and do not move them. Let them cook for about 2 minutes before using tongs to flip them to the opposite side and repeat the cooking time. 

horizontal shot of a taco with lime wedges next to it
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But do I have use scallops?

The answer here is no, you don’t have to. You an easily use shrimp or another light fish to go with this salsa just as well. However be aware that scallops aren’t going to keep long in the refrigerator later. Make sure to store them in an airtight container and finish within a couple of days. The same goes for other seafood as well. 

scallop taco with a cut mango and jalapeno slices
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Scallop Tacos with Mango Salsa

Seared scallops topped with a mango salsa.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 tacos
Calories 275 kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Sauté pan
  • Cling film


Seared Scallops

  • 2 lbs scallops large
  • tsp salt
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp black pepper ground

Mango Salsa

  • 1 cup mango diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 3 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup avocado diced
  • 2 tbsp shallots chopped
  • 6 flour tortillas fajita size


Making the salsa

  • In a large bowl mix all of the salsa ingredients together, cover with cling film, and set aside.

Searing the scallops

  • In a sauté pan, on medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Season both sides of the scallops with the salt, pepper and scallops. Once the oil is hot place the scallops in the pan and do not disturb. Allow to cook for 2 minutes depending on the size. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, place on a plate, and set aside.

Taco assembly

  • Warm the tortillas, evenly split the scallops on each tortilla and top with the salsa.


Serving: 3tacosCalories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 22gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 818mgPotassium: 606mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 564IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer*
Keyword 30 min meals, Quick and Easy, Seared Scallops
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9 thoughts on “Scallop Tacos with Mango Salsa”

  1. 5 stars
    The mango salsa is actually so perfect!! This is going to be a staple recipe in my kitchen. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I will definitely be making this recipe again! The mango salsa was so full of flavor and paired nicely with the seared scallops. Delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    I love both tacos and scallops but I never thought to put the two together! Made these tacos for dinner last night and the whole family enjoyed them!

  4. 5 stars
    What a delicious way to use scallops! I had some on hand and your tacos were a huge success, my family loved them!!

  5. 5 stars
    I never made or tried mango salsa before. This combo is perfect, simple to make, and delicious, thanks!

  6. Wow these were some great tacos. I was a little nervous to use scallops for tacos but the flavours were just so tasty I was glad I tried them.

  7. 5 stars
    Shrimp tacos look so rich in flavors, and the mango salsa adds so much freshness to them. Will definitely try this easy recipe this weekend.

  8. 5 stars
    Love the spin on fish tacos. I always have shrimp in the freezer. I need to make this for dinner this week. Love the tropical salsa too.

  9. 5 stars
    This was soooo delicious! I love mango salsa, and the scallops were the perfect protein to pair with this tropical flavor explosion. Takes me back to Mexico on our last holiday!

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