Baked Scallops with Garlic and Herbs

The season for scallops is autumn to spring, and a sweet sea-salt smell indicates their freshness. The fishmonger will open and clean them for you, but they are usually already presented on the flat half of their shells. Alternatively, frozen scallops are available from many large supermarkets. Larger scallops, such as the Great scallop or King scallop, are best for this dish.
Preparation time : 15-20 minutes,
Cooking time : 12-15 minutes,
Oven : Preheat to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6),
Calories per serving: 215


serves 4
12 large scallops
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon wedges for garnish


1. Wash fresh scallops thoroughly under cold running water, discarding any fringe-like membrane and dark organs to leave the clean, white muscle and orange roe. If you have any hollow undershells, reserve 4 of them as serving dishes - scrub them thoroughly and boil for 5 minutes.

2. Thaw frozen scallops and wipe them dry.

3. Crush the garlic and mix with the parsley and oil in a bowl. Add the scallops, stir gently and season.

4. Place 3 scallops in each shell and cook in the oven for 10 minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges.

What did you think?

33 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

posted by Andrew @ 03:30PM, 3/06/09
As my first ever time for eating scallops I wanted an easy recipe. It was simple and mighty tasty - the flavour of the scallops really came through and three scallops really is enough. I had six and sat on the sofa swimming in glutony.
Bland Scallops
posted by carly, dorset @ 05:08PM, 4/11/09
Cooked the scallops exactly to how the recipe said and they were bland. Had scallops many times before and have been lovely. This recipe was just not to our taste. Will try another recipe instead.
I don't like scallops
posted by Charlie, Edinburgh @ 01:55PM, 5/05/09
Great recipe, but I discovered that I don't like scallops. This was my first time trying them and as Andrew's review was so good, I decided to give this recipe a try. Nothing wrong with the recipe, I just don't like scallops.
Perfect recipes
posted by christy malcolm @ 03:48PM, 5/11/09
These are the best things i have ever tasted.
posted by Naomi @ 11:29AM, 6/29/11
These are anything but bland. Yummy!
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