Everything You Need to Know About Scallops
Scallops are an excellent option for seafood lovers looking for a decadent dinner recipe with minimal effort required. Although flavorful seafood items like shrimp and scallops can easily be turned into a show-stopping meal via simple cooking methods, there are a few details you may want to know before purchasing them.
At Farm-2-Market, we offer a range of sea scallops from various regions across Massachusetts. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about sea scallops.
Key Information on Sea Scallops
What species do scallops belong to?
Like clams and mussels, the sea scallop is a bivalve mollusk and it is a member of the Pectinidae species. These light pink gems vary in size, ranging from approximately 0.5 inches-2 inches in diameter. Massachusetts is home to some of the world's best sea scallops, and we are proud to offer fresh bay scallops from the historic port of New Bedford, along with live in-shell scallops from Taylor Marine Farm.
What is the best cooking method?
Lobster, shrimp, and scallops are some of the only seafood items that have a naturally sweet flavor. Scallops tend to be fairly rich and should, therefore, be cooked in small quantities. Whether you are preparing fresh giant sea scallops or small bay scallops, they should take no longer than two minutes of searing on each side in a hot pan coated in oil. Before cooking the scallops, it is always best to pat them dry and lightly season them with salt and pepper. There are however a wide range of unique scallop recipes that can be done using a fryer, grill, or oven.
How should scallops be stored?
Scallops are fairly expensive, and should, therefore, be enjoyed immediately after purchase for optimal freshness. However, if you are not able to prepare your sea scallops immediately, they can be stored in a plastic bag and placed on ice in your refrigerator for up to two days. If you require more time, scallops can be frozen for up to three months before they are no longer safe to consume.
What is the nutritional value of scallops?
From oysters to shrimp and scallops, shellfish offers a variety of essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc and selenium. A standard serving of scallops provides nearly 20 grams of protein clocking in at less than 100 calories.
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