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Bay-Scallop Ceviche with Melon Pearls

In ceviche, seafood marinates in lemon or lime juice, which turns it firm and opaque, eliminating the need for cooking. Serve this version, made with scallops and tiny balls of sweet honeydew and cantaloupe, in scallop shells or inner leaves of Boston or Bibb lettuce.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1996


  • 1/2 pound tiny bay scallops, muscles removed, or sea scallops, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 honeydew melon, seeds removed
  • 1/3 cantaloupe, seeds removed
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, or less to taste, sliced into paper-thin rounds
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped


  1. Toss together scallops, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate until scallops are opaque to the center, at least 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Meanwhile, working over a bowl to collect juice and using a 1/4-inch (or smallest possible) melon baller, make 2/3 cup melon balls from each melon. Add melon balls, juices, jalapeno, and cilantro to scallops. Toss well to combine, and serve.

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