Don't limit scallops to your favorite seafood restaurant! Scallops are a quick and versatile menu item for home cooking as well. Search out fresh scallops at a reputable fish market or fish counter at your grocery store. The scallops should be moist and have a sweet smell. Frozen scallops are convenient and rival fresh in terms of taste and texture. Learning how to cook frozen scallops is as simple as letting them thaw in the fridge for a few hours before cooking. There are two basic types of scallops: the larger sea scallops (about 1-1/2 inches in diameter) and the smaller bay scallops (1/2 inch), which are sweeter. We will focus on cooking the more common sea scallops here.
When it comes to cooking scallops, there are several options, but almost all have the following elements in common.
Regardless of the cooking method you choose, follow a few general tips when working with scallops:
When it comes to cooking scallops, nothing is faster or easier than pan-searing them on the stovetop. Don't let the word "sear" scare you; it simply means to brown a food using high heat. Here's how:
Tip: Another seasoning option is to use a gourmet prepared sauce. Scallops are a great choice to pair with a delicious sauce from a specialty food market. Stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup sauce at the end of cooking for a simple flavor boost.
Another speedy and easy prep method is broiling. Unlike searing, you don't have to monitor your scallops quite as closely while they broil. Just follow these instructions:
One of the most common methods for grilling sea scallops is to thread them onto skewers with veggies and fruits. Options include sweet pepper pieces, onion wedges, cherry tomatoes, bacon slices, mushrooms, and pineapple chunks. Many people like to combine shrimp and scallops on a skewer as well.
Deep-fat frying is another option for fixing scallops. Similar to other deep-fried seafood, scallops require you to prepare a batter.
No matter which way you cook them, scallops are always a fast and easy dinner or appetizer. Follow these favorite recipes to give them a try: