I am doing the budget friendly meal plan and was surprised to scallops on the list. I am in Central Texas and scallops are $15/lb. Maybe it's a seasonal thing- I have never bought them because they are always so expensive.
Anyway, I got a 2 lb bag of frozen shrimp for $10 and used 1 lb. for this recipe. It came out AMAZING. I wish I had taken a picture, it looked like something from a restaurant.
I would highly recommend this for a gathering, it's so easy but looks and tastes great! Plus it doesn't take long so you can spend more time out of the kitchen. If you aren't sure if your company will like cilantro- I think it would be just as good with fresh parsley or just the lemon juice.