Want to give something new a try this fall? Scallops are the way to go!
Scallops are salty, slightly sweet, and buttery with a tender texture. Their texture is similar to that of crab or lobster. They easily take on the seasoning you cook them with, so be prepared for something tasty.
Scallops are widely considered one of the healthiest kinds of seafood. They are 80% protein, have a low-fat content that helps you feel fuller longer, and are rich in vitamins and nutrients. A great source of antioxidants, they can help protect your body from cell damage linked with various chronic diseases. They are a great source of potassium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, and vitamin B-12. Scallops also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help regulate your heartbeat, support nervous system function, and may support memory.
There are two basic kinds of scallops: SEA SCALLOPS, which are graded by the number of units (scallops) per pound (e.g., U10, U20/30), and BAY SCALLOPS, which are much smaller (with usually 40 to 60 per pound) and caught in shallower waters. Nantucket Bay scallops are an especially prized type of this shellfish. Though people’s palates vary, many consider a bay scallop sweeter than a sea scallop. If you’d like to try them, we offer a variety of scallop products in our stores, so shop online or grab some in-store.
How should scallops be cooked? Both sides of a scallop should be seared to a perfect golden-brown ‘crust’ with the sides opaque all the way through. They should be firm to the touch but slightly soft with a little bounce.
May we suggest making Scallop Kabobs? Kabobs are a great way to grill a healthy, delicious meal in one simple dish. Here’s a recipe we like:
OR, enjoy the succulent taste of Seared Sea Scallops with a Caramel Glaze:
Visit our website for our full library of tasty scallop recipes available for FREE. And, as always, our trained sales staff is here to answer any questions you may have about these delectable little ocean gems.