A Quick Guide to Scallops

If you’re new to cooking scallops or you just need a refresher, consider following these steps to make the most out of your eating experience!

Day Boat Scallops

Sustainably sourced from the F/V Miss Emma and harvested from Georges Bank, 200 miles off Cape Cod, our scallops are brought back to the dock within 24 hours and frozen immediately. Our day boat scallops are ‘dry,’ indicating that they have never been treated with any chemicals or preservatives. The gold-standard standard, Day Boat Scallops, make a spectacular main dish.

Thawing & Handling

Keep scallops frozen until ready to use. When you’re ready to eat:

Option 1: Place scallops in the refrigerator overnight for 16-24 hours. 

Option 2: For quicker thawing, place the scallop package in cool water for approximately 1 hour or until the contents are flexible.

Once thawed, immediately cook or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

How to Prepare Scallops

Before cooking, drain the excess liquid and pat the scallops dry to remove moisture, ensuring a perfect sear. If any sand or grit is present, gently and quickly rinse the scallops under cold water for a few seconds. Avoid soaking scallops as they can absorb water. Remove the little tab-like (tough) muscle on the side of the scallop before cooking, known as the foot, as it has no flavor.

How to Cook Scallops

One of the most popular and easy ways to cook scallops is to sear them, a simple and straightforward process that enhances their natural flavors.

Here are the steps:

  1. Pat the scallops dry and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat your pan on high and add a little olive oil and butter.
  3. Place the scallops in the pan in a single layer for 1-2 minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook, as it can make them tough.
  4. To check for doneness, gently press the center of the scallop – if it’s firm and opaque, they’re perfectly cooked. Enjoy!

How to Serve Scallops

Scallops pair well with a multitude of different dishes, so don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors. Whether baked, grilled, broiled, or seared, they can be added to salads, pasta dishes, or enjoyed as a main course or appetizer. Our scallops are sure to elevate any meal with their delicious taste. Now it’s time to try scallops in some tasty recipes. For more meal inspiration, visit our scallop recipe page!

Scallop Recipes