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Old 03-27-2005, 07:12 PM   #1
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Question How do you cook scallops?

I had scallops for the first time last night while having dinner at my parents. My mom took the scallops and wrapped them in bacon. She then sprinkled them with herbs and spices. They turned out delicious!! Except the bacon was not getting very crisp. So, she took them out of the oven and finished them in a saute pan.

I really liked the scallops more than I thought I would. This means alot from the person who hates seafood. So, I was wondering how you cook scallops?

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Old 03-27-2005, 07:17 PM   #2
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I am a purist when it comes to cooking them. All I do is put them under the broiler until the tops get golden brown. I might sprinkle with a little course salt and/or butter and/or lemon, but that is it.

I love them many other ways, but when I cook them that is how I do it.
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Old 03-27-2005, 07:48 PM   #3
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Thanks, GB. Have you ever tried to grill them? Since I got a new BBQ grill the other day. I am wanting to experiment with it. Of course, I have to get it out of the box first!!
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Old 03-27-2005, 08:20 PM   #4
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I loved them broiled, or in a seafood kabob on the grill. Fried is pretty good as well.
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Old 03-27-2005, 09:19 PM   #5
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Brush with melted butter, sprinkle on a bit of garlic, and either place on bamboo skewers for the grill, or pan fry. Be careful not to overcook as this can make them a bit chewy. Scallops are wonderfuly sweet, with little fishy taste, when fresh. Treat them gently as the flavor is not strong. They are also great dipped in a tempura batter made with equal parts four and cornstarch, with a bit of baking powder, salt, and an egg, and water. Dip and deep-fry until golden. Serve with sweet & sour sauce.

They are also great broiled, mixed into chowders, poached, etc. Scallops are very versatile.

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Old 03-27-2005, 10:46 PM   #6
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I prefer dry sea scallops and I pan sear them in a little oil/butter. Deglaze the pan with a little lemon and white wine. A simple and delicious meal.
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I love them marinaded in cajun seasoning, then a couple minutes on the grill! YUM!!!!!
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I either dredge in flour or not - just depends - and either way I pan saute then in a bit of butter and olive oil. I first salt and pepper them and squeeze a bit of lemon on them.

I have also smoked them in a stove top smoker and used them in tortellini with Alfredo Sauce and Andouille sausage.
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Old 03-28-2005, 12:20 AM   #9
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Thanks to everyone for all of your suggestions. Goodweed, you are right the first thing I noticed was how sweet they tasted and that they were not fishy tasting at all.
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Old 03-28-2005, 12:38 AM   #10
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the only way i like scallops is raw, in sushi, called hotategai.

when cooked it reminds me of fat, so i call it sea fat.
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