Scallops baked with garlic herb butter

baked garlic and herb butter scallops

Simple, luxurious baked scallops recipe

A simple recipe for tender scallops baked in their shells with homemade garlic herb butter.  This dish is ideal for a starter, BBQ, having friends for dinner or a special occasion.

Scallops are such delicious seafood that they don’t need much to make them even tastier.  We used prepared scallops but read on if you want to know how to prepare fresh scallops as well.

baked garlic and herb butter scallops

 

How to prepare fresh scallops for cooking

You can buy scallops already cleaned at most fishmongers or supermarkets.  If you have bought some in the full shell, don’t panic.  Tap the shells lightly, they should close a little bit.  This shows that they are alive and fresh.  Give them a sniff.  They should smell like the sea but not fishy.  If they don’t make a little jiggle of movement or smell fishy, put them back.

You don’t need any special implements, a blunt knife such as a butter knife will work.  The knife is to break the shell hinge, not you!  Hold the scallop in your hand and place the blunt knife between the two halves of the shell close to the hinge.  Move your knife around the scallop until the shell pops open then run your knife under the scallop along the inside of the shell to remove the scallop.

Next, you need to clean and remove the membrane plus the roe from the scallop. Pull off the membrane around the scallop and rinse the scallop with cold water and pat dry.

Baked scallops with garlic herb butter recipe

Ingredients

12 scallops with shell
200 g unsalted butter
½ bunch parsley
3 medium garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste

Method

Place the butter into a bowl and add chopped garlic and parsley.  Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/350°F/Gas 6

Place the scallops, in their shells, into a baking tray.

Place a teaspoon full of garlic herb butter on top of each scallop.

Cook the scallop in the oven for 3-4 minutes. The butter should be melted and bubbling cooking the scallops lightly.

Serve immediately.

baked garlic and herb butter scallops

baked garlic and herb butter scallops

Baked Scallop with garlic herb butter

Ingredients
  

  • 12 scallops with shell
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place the butter into a bowl and add chopped garlic and parsley.  Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/350°F/Gas 6
  • Place the scallops, in their shells, into a baking tray.
  • Place a teaspoon full of garlic herb butter on top of each scallop.
  • Cook the scallop in the oven for 3-4 minutes. The butter should be melted and bubbling cooking the scallops lightly.
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword appetizer, baked, fish, garlic, herb, luxurious, scallop, seafood, starter

baked garlic and herb butter scallops

Emma

Emma

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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