Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
8 servings (serving size: 1/3 cup scallops)

Small bay scallops, now in peak season, are often sweeter and more tender than larger sea scallops. Pat them dry before coating with cooking spray so they will sear rather than steam in the pan. Bay-scented butter tinged with a hint of lemon flavors the scallops, while panko provides crunchy texture. Serve in scallop shells for a handsome presentation.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place butter and bay leaves in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; cook 5 minutes or until butter melts. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Skim solids off the top; discard solids and bay leaves.

Step 2

Lightly coat scallops with cooking spray. Heat a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Add half of scallops to pan; sauté 1 minute or until browned on both sides, turning once. Place in a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining scallops. Sprinkle scallops with salt. Add juice and half of butter to scallops, tossing to coat.

Step 3

Combine panko and remaining butter. Heat pan over medium-low heat. Add panko mixture to pan; cook 2 minutes or until panko is golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove panko from pan.

Step 4

Place 1/3 cup scallops into each of 8 ramekins. Top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons panko and 1/8 teaspoon lemon rind. Sprinkle with chives, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

LaxToAck's Review

November 21, 2011
Finding true Nantucket Bays is the key. Frozen bays from China are being passed off as Nantucket Bays. For taste, it's critical that the scallops are never frozen and are kept chilled in their own brine. Then you barely blot them before cooking: no drying! To ensure you're getting the real thing, to save money, and to support the local industry, try ordering direct from the fishermen. I use because the fishermen themselves run that one, no middle man at all. But there are others if you Google. Thanksgiving tradition in my family.

Mleigh's Review

December 31, 2009
I made these as an appetizer for Christmas dinner. I thought they were kind of bland and like the other reviewer I had trouble getting them to brown with just the cooking spray. I might try again.

DarciM's Review

June 01, 2009
Very nice. It brings out the sweetness of the scallops very well. My children don't like a lot of spice and they loved this. We are gluten-free and I used some crushed gluten-free melba toast for the panko.

JanetMA's Review

March 29, 2009
Fantastic! This is a real winner - easy, delicious, and great for either an everyday meal or impressing your dinner guests. It was my first foray into making scallops and I can't wait to make this again.

ssolo7752's Review

January 08, 2009
This was excellent. I, however, used sea scallops and seared them in a little olive oil for about 3 minutes each side. I found the cooking spray did not brown them, even though I had them on high heat. The panko was a nice crunchy texture in contrast to the scallops. I served in a salad bowl next to brown rice mixed with mushroom soup and a mixed salad on the side. Will definately make it again.