Scallops Baked in the Shell with Garlic Butter
An uncomplicated recipe for juicy, tender scallops baked with homemade garlic herb butter in their own shells. A perfect appetizer for BBQ's, dinner with friends and special occasions.
for the garlic butter
cut the butter in cubes and place in a bowl
chop the garlic by hand or alternatively use a garlic press or food processor.
chop the parsley finely.
Add the garlic and parsley and combine well with the butter.
Grate the zest of 1 lemon into the butter and season with cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Roll into two cylinder shaped logs, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for atleast 2hrs before slicing.
for preparing the scallops
If you are using fresh scallops hold the scallop in your hand and insert the knife between the two halves of the shell close to the hinge.
Now move your knife around the scallop until the shell pops open. Run your knife under the scallop along the inside of the shell to remove it completely.
Using your fingers gently remove the membrane and roe from the scallop.
Wash the scallop under cold running water to remove any sand and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
for cooking the scallops
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (350°F) set at upper and lower heat.
slice the garlic butter into thin round discs.
Add the scallops back in their shell and place on a baking tray making sure they don't tilt.
Place a slice of the garlic butter on each scallop.
Cook the scallop in the oven for 3-4 minutes. The butter should be melted and bubbling cooking the scallops lightly.
Present the scallops in their shell on a plate and serve immediately. The recipe is for 3 scallops per person.