Scallop Recipes

Scallop Recipes

Scallops are a popular kind of shellfish which consist of two kind of meat: the white meaty-textured muscle and the soft orange coral, or roe. They are easily overcooked and taste best when heated for no more than 5 or 6 minutes. Light white wines or sparkling wines bring out the sweetness of the scallop well, though they also make a perfect match with intense savoury flavours, such as salty bacon or chorizo. For more information on scallops, click here or view one of our many scallop recipes below.

About Scallops

The term "scallop" is derived from the Old French escalope, meaning "shell". It is the traditional emblem of St James, from the legend that the apostle once rescued a knight who was covered in scallop shells. Medieval Christian pilgrims would make the journey to his shrine carrying a shell, approaching churches, castles and abbeys on the way. There, they would be given as much sustenance for their journey as they could scoop up with the single scallop shell.

Two types of scallop are common: the king scallop and the queen scallop, the latter being smaller and cheaper. Diver-caught scallops are preferable, as the dredging method often leaves the scallops gritty, and takes longer to bring them to market so they are likely to be less fresh. Dredging can also damage the flora and fauna on the ocean bed. Avoid scallops that are overly white, as it's likely these have been soaked in brine to make them swell up and appear larger.

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