Baked Scallops

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Crispy Baked Scallops are buttery and crispy with panko, Parmesan Cheese, paprika, butter and olive oil baked in just 15 minutes.

If you like easy to make sea food, like Pesto Shrimp or Crispy Fried Calamari, or if you liked my Pan Seared Scallops you should definitely try this recipe.

Baked Scallops

BAKED SCALLOPS

Baking scallops in butter not only gives them a delicious taste, it makes the outside crisp and flavorful and the cook time is incredibly short. If you want a classy, high brow dinner but either can’t find a sitter or don’t want to pay for a gourmet restaurant, this is an easy you can make at home.

Scallops are a delicious shell fish that has a rich flavor, a springy texture and tastes absolutely fantastic when drenched in butter. This recipe combines paprika, black pepper, Parmesan Cheese and breadcrumbs to make a golden brown, flavorful topping for the scallops that add just enough flavor to make this dinner unique and delicious.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED SCALLOPS

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel and remove the tough side-muscle.
  • Place scallops in a single layer in the prepared baking dish.
  • Mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, spices, butter and olive oil.
  • Top the scallops with the mixture
  • Put them in the oven and bake until the scallops are opaque (about 15 minutes).
  • Broil the scallops for a minute or two if the topping isn’t browned.

 

VARIATIONS

  • Lemon juice: drizzle the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon over the top of the scallops for some extra zesty flavor.
  • White wine: add a little bit of white wine to the bottom of the pan. the scallops will absorb the flavor as they cook.
  • Au Gratin: closely layer scallops together in a baking dish and then cover them in a thick layer of your choice of cheese, casserole style. Once you bake them, the cheese will add a yummy savory flavor.
  • Bay scallops: bay scallops are a smaller variety of shellfish but are equally as tasty. If the bay variety are all that you have available, don’t worry! You can still make this great tasting scallop recipe as an entree or as a tasty appetizer.

    Baking dish with Panko Crusted Baked Scallops

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What to serve with Baked Scallops:

  • Roasted Green Beans: green beans are delicious, and they’re even better roasted. They stay crisp without drying out, and they compliment the flavor of the baked scallops perfectly.
  • Scalloped Potatoes: from one scallop to another. These potatoes are practically floating in cheese and have a rich, full flavor. The baked scallops are fantastic served up next to a bed of sizzling, thin sliced potatoes.
  • Three Bean Salad: if you want to eat some veggies but are really tired of classic salads, go for three bean salad. It’s light enough to leave you enough room to enjoy a whole pan of scallops but also filling enough if you absolutely have to share your scallops with someone else.
  • Easy Mushroom Rice: rice is a great base for all sorts of flavors, and the buttery flavor of button mushrooms, onions and thyme take this side to a whole new level.

The Unsung Trivia – Scallop Trivia

  • Up until pretty recently, scallops weren’t actually eaten very much. They were valued for their beautiful, scalloped edged shells (see what I did there?) and the meat was pretty much ignored. Kind of shockingly, the reasons that scallops weren’t a favorite was because they were considered too sweet.
  • The scallop is the official state shell of New York.
  • Scallops use their shells to “jump” around in the water.

How to Store Baked Scallops:

  • Serve: for the good of your insides, don’t leave scallops out for longer than 2 hours.
  • Store: once cooked, you can store scallops for up to 2 days.
  • Freeze: in an airtight container, you can keep scallops for up to 3 months in the freezer.

WHEN ARE THEY SAFE TO EAT?

According to the USDA’s website, scallops are considered cooked through and safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F (62.7 degrees C).

While some sushi restaurants serve raw scallops that seafood is sourced through incredibly thoughtful channels that your local grocer may not be utilizing, so it is best to not serve your scallops raw.

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4.99 from 54 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Crispy Baked Scallops are buttery and crispy with panko, Parmesan Cheese, paprika, butter and olive oil baked in just 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 16 large sea scallops , (1 - 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 2 tablespoons parsley , chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Dry scallops well with paper towel and remove any attached side-muscle on the scallop by pinching and tearing it away from the scallop (the muscle is much tougher to eat than the scallop).
  3. Combine the salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, panko, Parmesan, parsley, olive oil, and butter in a bowl stirring well until combined.
  4. Place the scallops into an 8x10 baking dish, then cover with the bread crumb mixture.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the topping is browned.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 296 calories, Calories: 296g, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 564mg, Potassium: 272mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 645g, Calcium: 86g, Iron: 1g, Vitamin C: 3g

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  1. Love scallops but could never get them right. I have an aversion to frying. This recipe and timing are perfect. I added wine and sauted garlic to butter/oil. Next time a little creole seasoning in panko mix just to spice things up. Thank you

  2. I am an 83 year male never before baked sea scallops. Always in a fryer. Tried them today and OH MY God-sooooo delicious. Truly awesome!! I will keep this healthy recipe to bake again perhaps adding some shrimp. Thanks for an easy and no mess recipe.

  3. Absolutely wonderful recipe! Have you tried coating the entire scallop instead of just placing on top? What are your suggestions for that?

    1. I haven’t tested it but I think you’ll lose some of the coating when the scallops release liquid and cook down. You might want to pan fry them instead. Good luck!

  4. About 25 years ago I stopped using my skillets and began baking, roasting, and broiling most of my prepared meals. I occasionally will use my pressure cooker. I didn’t do that for health reasons, rather because i was lazy.

    As fate would have it, I reaped huge health benefits, and lost nothing. I’ll be using my oven exclusively until I eat my last meal. The only other thing I do on my stovetop is boil items, eggs for example.

    Your recipe for baked scallops mirrors mine. I use coconut or peanut oil, and clarified butter to baste my scallops, after drying them as you suggest. I then apply panko crumbs, cayenne pepper to taste, paprika, along a “light” touch of crushed garlic.

    Your recipes are amazing, and thank you for taking the time to share your culinary knowledge with the world.

    God bless, Chuck

  5. Omg! I’ve made scallops a lot but none have ever taste as good as these! Seriously, after taking them out of the oven and letting them cool a bit, I ate one and wanted to keep them for myself! No lie! Then the hubs walked in and saw me munching and asked to join in :/ suppose I will share in the love and will definitely be making these again! Thank you, I’m checking out other recipes of yours 🙂

  6. Hi, I’m cooking scallops for the first time. However, I have bay scallops, not sea scallops. How should I adjust the cooking time? Would I still use the same oven temperature? Thank you!

    1. I’d think you’d be ok with the same oven temp and time. I’d check on them around the 10 minute mark and go from there. Enjoy!

  7. Absolutely amazing! I did both scallops and shrimp in the pan. Will add to the top of our favorites list. Added bonus…the fact that my house doesn’t smell like it always does when seared.

  8. Sabrina, thank you for this recipe. I made them for the 1st time a couple of nights ago. I usually get a decent review from my husband……BUT this recipe got me a ” these are delicious” and a ” you can make these again soon”. They were loved and devoured. Thanks again

  9. 5 star restaurant quality! The scallops were tender and the breading was deliciously flavorful. (I did add some garlic oil to the breading.) Much better than pan seared!! You could certainly use the breading recipe on other seafood as well.
    My husband said they were the best he’s ever had!

  10. Outstanding! Simple, delicious, easy. Finally, a simple recipe for scallops that does not require frying / searing on stove top at high-temp….risking the smoke alarm going off. ? Thanks for perfecting & sharing.

  11. This recipe is fantastic! Great, great flavors! This is a keeper and will definitely make again. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. I am so sorry, I am just seeing this tonight. I am sure the recipe has long been cooked/or not but I still want to try to help.

      You can add another 1/4 cup of the panko bread crumbs to try and maintain the texture while getting rid of the parmesan cheese flavor.

  12. This recipe is absolutely delicious! It can be made gluten free (I’m celiac and just used GF breadcrumbs). It’s flavorful and the scallops are baked to perfection. this is a great change instead of pan frying. Love this and it’s our go to!

  13. These are perfect. I’ve made them several times for dinner and for friends who have in turn made them. We love them. I prepare according to the instructions in the recipe with no changes.

  14. Have not made scallops in a long time and made last minute for the family. Absolutely delicious and will save this recipe for future use!

  15. Made this last night! OMG delicious!!! Husband said to KEEP this recipe! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

      1. Favorite scallop recipe! Seriously amazing, thank you!! My husband LOVES scallops and he was in heaven while eating this on top of angel hair pasta w/ a spicy cauliflower alfredo sauce, mushroom, and bell peppers. Delicious! This one is going into the treasured archives 🙂

  16. Made these again last night,, serve with prime rib,,Best Scallops ever!! What do you think if you substituted the scallops with butterfly shrimp?