Scallops 101

Scallops 101

Here in 7 Seas Fish Market, we love scallops and we have prepared this beginner guide to make all of our customers even more seafood savvy. Check out our current availability here!


Scallops are found in marine waters all around the world. From the polar regions to the tropics. Most species live in relatively shallow waters.

Scallops have hinged two-part shells made of calcium carbonate. However, scallops can’t hold their shells closed all the way. The shells are held together by a muscle called the abductor muscle. Scallops have a more developed abductor muscle in comparison with oysters and clams and it’s because scallops are actually active swimmers. 

What we typically eat from the scallops is actually the abductor muscle that we mentioned before. This muscle is creamy white with a firm texture. The taste of the scallops has a slightly sweet flavor and, when cooked correctly, they should be smooth and tender while melting in your mouth. 

Many cultures also eat the roe sacks from the scallops. These can be quite chewy and delicious if you like that sorta thing.

Similarly to mussels and clams, scallops are filter feeders. They open their shells to filter plankton out of the seawater for food. Because of this, they are a great source of vitamins and minerals important for healthy performing bodily function.

Scallops are super high in protein. They are made up of 80% protein and contain a small amount of fat. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals. 

Modern researchers are studying scallops proteins for their potential use in anti-tumor drugs and cancer treatments. Scallops also contain omega-3 fatty acids. Which help support nervous system function and may support memory.

A 8 ounce serving of steamed scallops contain approximately: 

  • 186 calories
  • 35.1 grams of protein
  • 2.5 gram of fat
  • 5 grams of carbohydrates

Seared, fried or grilled are some of the many tasty ways to enjoy these tasty morsels. 

One of the most classic recipes is pan-seared scallops. This recipe is easy and yet super tasty.

Pan-seared scallops Recipe


  • 1 lb scallops
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Salt & black pepper (up to personal preference)

Lemon Butter Sage Sauce

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage (chopped)
  • Salt & black pepper (up to personal preference)
  • 3 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)

First, rinse the scallops with cold water and pat dry thoroughly with a paper towel.

Season the scallops with salt and pepper on both sides.

Heat up a large skillet on medium to high heat, and once hot add the butter to melt. Then transfer the scallops to the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides. Once cooked, set aside.

Now, for the lemon butter sage sauce. Melt the butter on medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Once fragrant, add the lemon juice, salt and pepper, and sage.

Finally, place the scallops back in the skillet with the butter sauce. Garnish with the parsley and serve immediately.

If we’ve made you hungry already, come visit us in store or order some scallops online and get ready to prepare your scallops. If you are feeling lazy or just can’t bother to go out then order through our website or in Skip The Dishes app, and we will deliver them guaranteed fresh right to your door.

Bonus fun fact

Scallops have over 100 blue eyes that help them detect predators getting too close. When this happens they are able to open and shut their shells very fast and scoot away.

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