Bring a taste of the seas to your home in this sophisticated Sea Scallops recipe, baked in a garlicky oil sauce and served with a splash of lemon juice.
The best way to break the boredom of a long winter season and refreshen our senses, is to indulge in foods that bring us closer to the ocean.
Seafood has always been my #1 choice whenever I go out to eat. However, my passion for seafood has geared me towards acquiring the skills I needed to cook this delicacy right at home.
Sea Scallops or Bay Scallops?
Typically bay scallops are much smaller with its peek season in the fall and are harvest on shallow waters while sea scallops comes from the cold waters of the deep sea and can be harvest all year round. But perhaps the most important thing you need to know is that this delicious mollusk requires very little effort to make.
In fact, my general rule when cooking with seafood is to keep it simple. Seafood has very delicate taste and in most cases, are best if added few ingredients only to enhance its flavor, such as lemon. Always pair your seafood with a few slices lemons.
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And if you are wondering about the health benefits of eating sea scallops… well, much like fish these mollusks are packed with vitamins and nutrients, such as Omega-3 fats and vitamin B-12 with much less calories and fat then other protein sources.
So next time you find yourself gazing over at the seafood counter, go ahead and grab a handful of scallops and let’s make this mouthwatering recipe!
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Baked Sea Scallops
- 6-8 jumbo sea scallops
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves freshly pressed (minced will work!)
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 lemon sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh dill garnishing
- Pre-heat oven to 400F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can use baking shells, or simply place the scallops directly on the baking sheet.
- In a small glass bowl whisk the oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Using a spoon, distribute the garlicky oil sauce equally over the scallops.
- Bake for 20 minutes. You may broil for an additional 2 minutes to get the golden brown tops, but that's entirely up to you. The scallops are fully cooked in 20 minutes.
- When done, add a splash of fresh lemon juice and garnish with dill.