You do not need many scallop recipes to create a truly fantastic seafood dish. Just about anyone can whip up a batch of fresh scallop with a bit of a shake and some seasoning thrown in, and it can be served warm or cold. We have been known to call seared scallop as candy from deep in the sea, and simply searing your own scallop is about as simple as cooking seafood ever gets.
Pan seared scallop recipes
Many people use pan seared scallop recipes for grilled scallops. I have even seen them called grilled scallop nachos! For my part, if you want to give this type of scallop recipe a try, start with a pan lightly sauteing your ingredients until they are light brown. Then, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and let the pan sear the ingredients until they are light brown, then add the scallop and season. Serve with some freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.
You can buy scallop recipes for preparing the shell too. This is just like cooking fish in the pan, except you will not be cooking the fish through. You can also buy frozen scallop which makes it even easier to prepare and defrost as well. In fact, frozen is the best way to go, unless you want to buy scallop dishes in baggies and cartons for freezing later.
Popular scallop recipes
Other popular scallop recipes include: Cajun shrimp, okra, Coq Au Vin, File’n Glo and French Onion. As far as those recipes are concerned, you just have to use your imagination. Most times shrimp is sauteed first, then simmered with red wine vinegar along with the scallop, then cooked in a pan over low heat. When the shrimp is cooked, drain off the liquid and allow it to cool, then mix in your favorite ingredients. Some other ingredients you might consider are: Cajun seasonings, chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, bell pepper or onion salt, oregano and thyme.
Cooking jerk scallops
Some people enjoy cooking jerk scallops, but I find that they are too tough and unappetizing. The secret is: make sure you have enough salt! It is also important to make sure you have enough liquid and of course, plenty of time to prepare the jerk scallop recipe that you love best.
Sea scallop fishing
If you love sea scallop fishing, then you are in for a real treat. Unfortunately though, it is not an easy task to find good sea scallop fishing. You must be patient and keep at it. However, if you have a good location, then you are sure to reel in some good fish. For a great recipe for sea scallop, there are several from which to choose: shrimp, scallop, mussels, clams or oysters.
Using fresh herbs and spices
As for flavor, the key is using fresh herbs and spices as much as possible. For example, bay leaves and thyme are great. Salt is also important. Most seafood restaurants or seafood cookbooks will tell you how much salt to use. The trick is to always measure the amount correctly so you don’t end up using too much. This is particularly important when cooking delicate foods like scallops, oysters or shrimp.
Another way to enhance the flavor of your seafood dish is to garnish it with fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley or oregano. When garnishing seafood dishes, it is best to serve the food piping hot, as it will enhance the taste of the seafood quicker. If you are serving it cold, then just drizzle on a little bit of olive oil and eat it as is. The spices used in seafood dishes will usually enhance the flavor even more, if it was a traditional recipe.