Scallops – get yours!
The recipe below uses locally harvested bay scallops from Florida’s Nature Coast. There is no commercial fishery for bay scallops in Florida (meaning local bay scallops are not sold in stores). So, if you want to use local scallops for this recipe, you’ll need to get your own! We have lots of great resources to help you get started, including this blog post and the Florida Sea Grant scalloping page. Remember to be a seagrass safe boater if you go scalloping, these snappy shellfish depend on that seagrass. If scalloping is not for you, you can substitute store-bought scallops.
Simply delish scallops
This dish is one of the best rewards you could hope for after a day in the water collecting scallops. The recipe is flexible, quick and easy, high in lean protein, and very tasty. I am excited to share it with you in my upcoming cooking demonstration as part of the Seafood at your Fingertips LIVE series. I am excited to share a skill I recently learned, called “deglazing.” In this technique, we will use a small amount of wine to reconstitute the brown bits left behind by searing the scallops into a delectable, scampi-like sauce. Read on for more about how to watch the demonstration and cook along with me.
How to watch
The simply delish scallops cooking demonstration will take place at 6 pm EST on Wednesday, July 29th via Facebook Live on the Florida Sea Grant Facebook page! If you cannot catch the demonstration live, all videos will be archived for future viewing at this page. I’ll be available live to answer your questions and respond to comments – I can’t wait to see you there!
How to cook along
The recipe is simple and quick, so if you want to cook along you definitely could. To prepare, check out the ingredient list below and make sure you have what you need. If you are using frozen scallops, defrost them in advance by placing in the refrigerator the night before. Never defrost seafood at room temperature! You should also shuck your scallops in advance since we wont cover that in the live video. See how in this quick YouTube video:
You can get a preview of the steps we will take by downloading the recipe here (pdf). The ingredients below will yield 4 servings of simply delish scallops.
For the scallops:
- 12 oz. raw bay scallops, shucked (about 3 cups of meat)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- salt and pepper to taste
For the pasta and sauce:
- 8 oz. dry pasta of choice (I will use whole wheat thin spaghetti, but you could use normal pasta or a different shape such as linguine. You could also use zucchini noodles to lighten up the dish.)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- juice from 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 oz. feta cheese
- fresh or dry herbs of choice such as dill, parsley, or Italian blend
I suggest serving this with a side salad (garden or caesar) or stirring in sauteed spinach or zucchini to add an element of green!