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Scallops Recipe

July 27, 2020

scallops recipe

Scallops Recipe That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Have you ever wandered through the seafood aisle at the store and wondered what those white circles are? No, they are not misplaced chunks of cheese, they are delicious scallops.  Unlike fish, cooking scallops is one of these things that are so easy, but even easier to mess up. Thankfully, with our tips, you will have sautéed scallops that rival your favorite restaurant in no time.


Before you jump ahead to our recipes for scallops, or to the section on the best way to cook scallops, let’s talk about this tasty treat. If you are curious about what are scallops, the answer is quite simple. They are a type of bivalve mollusk, basically, the muscle of a mollusk that closes and opens the shell. So when you bite into a delicious plate of broiled scallops, it is akin to biting into a flank steak!

Instead of throwing your money away making pan-fried scallops that end up tasting like rubber, follow our tips for the perfect sear. With our delicious seared scallops recipe,  you will get a tender center that melts in the mouth paired with a flavorful crust. The next time someone asks you what do scallops taste like you can honestly say they taste like a bite of heaven.

A Quick Lesson On How To Cook Scallops At Home

Before we get into preparing perfect scallops at home, it is important to understand what they are. When thinking about what are scallops, imagine for a moment how a clap or oyster looks. You have a shell on each side, then you have the soft, often wiggly center. It is hard to imagine that something so small and soft can open and close the shell.

Scallops are essentially the muscle, which is why they are so firm, and also s delicious. When cooking scallops, keep in mind that you are cooking a muscle and it will change the way you approach the dish. They also only take about five minutes to cook from start to finish, which you will see in our home recipes for scallops here and below.


For first-timers, here is the best way to cook scallops that is impossible to mess up. All you need is your scallops, a clean fry pan, and a small amount of oil. Of course, you can also add salt and pepper to taste, or even some oregano or fresh shallots if you are feeling fancy. Toss a tablespoon of oil in the pan over a medium flame, fry the scallops on each side for two minutes and serve!

The Best Recipe For Pan Seared Scallops

We are always surprised that most people only choose to enjoy seared scallops at restaurants. Most often, it is because they feel that creating a delicious dish with this muscle of the sea is intimidating. As far as learning how to make delicious dishes out of seafood how to cook scallops is probably the most simple of all. Most high-end restaurants always have scallops on the menu for good reason, but now you can get the same taste at home.

Our simple recipe for pan-seared scallops will result in a golden perfectly brown crust that rivals even the classiest diner. Making them at home is much cheaper than ordering them by the plate. They have a sweet yet mild flavor that pairs perfectly with the caramelized crust from the super-hot pan. We guarantee your family will beg for more.

For both pan-fried scallops and our seared scallops recipe, you will want to start off with scallops that have been patted dry. Next, lightly dust your scallops with salt and pepper, you can add some Old Bay, or even some rosemary if you want a twist on flavors. Then, pull out your favorite well used cast iron skillet. If you don’t have cast iron, that’s ok, any think bottom fry pan will suffice.

Heat up your pan and drop in a light coating of olive oil or avocado oil. Drop your scallops in the pan with the seasoned side down. They will sear for about two minutes, while they are cooking, season the other side. Flip once two minutes have passed or when there is a nice golden brown sear,  and cook the other side. Serve immediately.

The Secret To Perfectly Seared Scallops Every Meal

There are a few tricks to getting your scallops to cook perfectly which starts with purchasing them from the store. If you are buying scallops, chances are you are not shipping fish from Alaska, but rather buying fresh ones locally. There are two types of scallops sold in stores, wet and dry. There is a big difference between them that has a dramatic effect on how well they will sear.

If you are buying your scallops online, they will probably arrive in Styrofoam fish shipping boxes. It is important that you receive them as soon as possible so that they don’t sit on ice and gather extra moisture. Usually, fish shipping boxes are packed with dry ice to help the scallops stay cold without changing their overall quality. The dryer your scallop, the better your sear will be.

Companies that have experience with shipping seafood will list care instructions on their website, or at the time of purchase. Most scallops are served fresh, so the instructions for shipping frozen fish do not apply. You can buy frozen scallops in your local grocery store, but we guarantee they will not have the same quality or taste as their fresh counterparts. Global Seafood is an expert in shipping fish, scallops, crabs, and all manner of seafood so your order will always arrive on time and ready to prepare.

10 Minute Grilled Scallops Recipe Hacks

A pan-fried scallop dish is pretty easy, but sometimes you may want to get away from the ordinary. One way to bring the taste of summer to the table is by making grilled scallops for the whole family. This may seem complex, however, you can grill up a batch in less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

If you are looking for a quick summer-themed sea scallops recipe, then you will love our 10 minute grilled scallops. All the ingredients you need are listed below:

  • 2-3 Scallops Per Person
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • A Drizzle Bottle of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Freshly Chopped Garlic
  • Italian Seasoning

Combine your oil, garlic, lemon juice, and seasoning into a bowl. Top your scallops with salt and pepper and then gently toss them in your mixture. Allow them to rest in the refrigerator for about half an hour. On your pre-heated grill, place your scallops and allow them to cook for 2 minutes on each side before serving. Enjoy!

What You Need To Know About Scallops Nutrition Facts

We know you are here for the recipes, but for those who are newbie’s, you may be wondering what do scallops taste like? Properly cooked scallops will be slightly sweet with a buttery texture and a delicate flavor. They are the definition of richly light decadence. When thinking about pan-fried scallops, you might assume they are fishy, but they trend along the lines of crab or lobster more than fish.

We all know that some types of seafood will add more girth to your waistline than others. However, scallops calories per serving are much lower than many other types of seafood. Steamed scallops for example, only have 95 calories per every three ounces! That means you can eat 4-5 pieces without derailing your diet.

Easy Weekend Sautéed Scallops For Two

If you are looking for a lovely no fuss romantic meal for two, our seared scallops recipe that we shared earlier is a great choice. You can pair it with a nice bottle of wine with scallops over a bed of salad. You can also serve them dropped over a juicy steak. For something a bit more romantic, we have another idea.

A delicious yet simple weekend dish for two is our sautéed scallops over angel hair pasta. Make sure that you have your pasta prepared and drained before you cook your scallops. A nice side dish would be a light summer salad or even a crusty bread with dipping sauce. Making this dish will take only 10 minutes of cooking time which includes your pasta and 10 minutes of prep.

Take some whole garlic and crush it with a large knife. Wash and loosely chop a few springs of rosemary. Take your dry scallops and season them on both sides with salt and pepper. Add a generous pat of butter to a pan along with your garlic and rosemary. As they start to simmer, drop in your scallops, and cook for two minutes on each side.

Once both sides are brown, immediately plate them atop your bed of angel hair pasta. Take the sauce in the pan and drizzle it over the pasta and scallops. Serve and enjoy a weekend treat made for two.

A Simple Broiled Scallops Recipe To Make Your Family Smile

For those looking for a crispy delight, fried scallops are an easy treat that can be cooked in the time it takes you to finish reading our blog post. As delicious as they may be, some of us may have to watch our waistlines, or just prefer an oil-free variation, our broiled scallops recipe is sure to hit the spot.

For a great dish that your whole family will love, all you need is scallops, butter, and parmesan cheese. Make sure your butter is melted but not hot. Coat your scallops in the melted butter and then roll them in your parmesan cheese. Align them on a tray, add salt and pepper, and then place them in the oven to broil for 6-7 minutes.

As soon as the cheese starts to brown to a toasty crisp, remove your scallops and plate them so they don’t overcook. This is a kid-pleaser and a decadent delight for adults as well. If you are wondering what to serve with scallops and parmesan, you can opt for creamed spinach or zucchini noodles with garlic butter for a well-rounded meal.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sea Scallops

No matter what you have in mind, Global Seafood’s is here to serve. We offer a wide range of fresh seafood options which includes scallops delivered from our shores to your door.

What is scallops' nutrition content? Are They Healthy?

Scallops are healthy and provide a great source of lean protein. There are 95 calories per 3 ounces serving. They are low in fat and high in potassium and magnesium. The best way to cook scallops to retain their nutrients is broiling or baking.

What do scallops taste like?

Fresh scallops that are properly cooked have a soft texture with a slightly sweet buttery taste. They don’t have a fishy taste, but more resemble the taste of lobster, but are denser,

How should I cook scallops that come frozen?

Frozen scallops should be defrosted before cooking. Remove any excess water with a paper towel and then follow any of our recipes for scallops for a delicious meal.

What is the best way to thaw scallops?

Never allow your frozen scallops to thaw at room temperature. Instead, take them out of the freezer and allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

How long to cook scallops for the best taste?

When cooking scallops on the stove only need 2 minutes for each side to be fully cooked. When baking or broiling, you should leave them in the oven for at least 6 minutes or until slightly brown on the top.

What should I pair with scallops?

Whether you are planning a meal of pan-seared scallops for two or a batch of seared scallops for the whole family, sides are essential. Scallops are very dense so pairing them with soft vegetables or pasta are great options. You can also perch them atop a bed of peas and pancetta, or use them to spruce up a summer squash salad.