This baked scallops recipe is a perfect idea for any seafood enthusiast, like me. It is very simple, versatile and absolutely delicious. Plump fresh scallops are baked in a savory and tangy 5-star lemon-butter sauce and topped with freshly grated parmesan and crunchy panco bread crumbs. It is spectacular! Definitely worthy of a company.
This culinary delight makes for an exquisite appetizer for any occasion or could be a mouthwatering main dish. Scallops are a perfect compliment to many sides. They pair wonderfully with almost anything from pasta to rice to most vegetables. This dish served as an appetizer with crusty grilled bread is just out of this world fantastic. A real treat.
Scallops are similar to crab or lobster taste-wise but they have a firmer texture. The flavor tends to be sweet, buttery, and delicate.
Fresh scallops are snowy white with firm flesh and no fishy odor. They are very perishable and I prefer buying them from a trusted seafood market.
This dish is super easy and quick to make. You can even assemble it ahead of time, leave the dish in the fridge and bake when you are ready to serve. Very convenient. If you are not a big fan of scallops you can substitute for shrimp or any mild flavoured white fish. This is more of a baking technique and you can use any if your favorite seafood.
There is something magical about scallops-they are slightly sweet and buttery. The soft and springy texture is decadent-and they melt fabulously on your tongue if cooked just right. Just make sure not to overcook the scallops. They can become a little tough and rubbery when not cooked properly.