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August 02, 2010

Fish of the Month - Bay Scallops

Scallops August’s Fish of the Month is bay scallops.

Call us geeks, but the Right Bite team is fascinated by scallops. Did you know they have a strong muscle that helps them to quickly clap their shells together? The shell-clapping action allows scallops to "fly" around underwater and out of harmful situations! This strong muscle is what many seafood lovers enjoy eating.

Farmed bay scallops are a best choice in our sustainable seafood guide. The most sustainable bay scallop farming techniques are those where bay scallops are suspended in the water column by ropes or nets (see picture below), and are then harvested by hand when they reach adulthood. This is a more environmentally friendly process than farming scallops on the sea floor or catching them in the wild, because dredging, the technique used to scoop scallops off the bottom of the ocean, is often damaging to the local habitat.Scallop-nets 
Enjoy bay scallops at home with Shedd’s tasty recipe, Easy Broiled Scallops.

Easy Broiled Scallops
makes 4 servings


1 1/2 pounds bay scallops
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


1) Turn broiler on. Rinse scallops in water and then place in a shallow baking pan. Sprinkle scallops with garlic, sea salt, and pepper and pour melted butter and lemon juice over the top.

2) Broil 6 to 8 minutes. Do not overcook or scallops will become tough. Remove from oven and serve with extra melted butter on the side for dipping.

Posted by Kassia Perpich, conservation

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Photos courtesy of Taylor Bay Scallops

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