Fried king scallops recipe
19 min

Fried king scallops recipe

The go-to recipe of Normandy sailors! These scallops are quick and easy to make and are a real treat for your tastebuds! 

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Ingredients For

  • King Scallop
    Sea food
    Red-Label Normandy King Scallops
  • Olive oil and blue background
    Oil & oilseeds
    PDO Vallée des Baux-de-Provence Olive Oil
    12 cl See the article
  • 65 g
  • x 0.50

Remove the scallops from their shells. Clean and rinse the scallop nuts in clean water. Rinse, dry, and chop the parsley sprigs. 

Melt 4 tbsp of butter in a pot on very low heat, or use a double boiler. Add the lemon juice and stir. Remove from heat.


This technique is used to heat ingredients slowly and at low temperatures. This system consists of a larger pan that contains simmering water and a second pan that is placed on top. The ingredients that require gentle heat are placed in the second pan. 

Fried king scallops Step 1
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    Fried king scallops recipe step 2
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    Melt 1 tbsp butter with the olive oil in a skillet. When the mixture is white and creamy, add the whole scallop nuts and cook them for 2 minutes on each side. If they are very thick, cut them in half from top to bottom and cook them for 1 minute on each side.  

    Fried king scallops recipe step 3
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    Add salt and pepper.  

    Pour the lemon butter over the scallops in the skillet and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.  

    Fried king scallops recipe step 4
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    Eat immediately with a mix of spring salad, white rice, or fresh pasta. 

    Pair with

    White wine: Riesling, Chablis, and Pouilly-Fuissé, or Normandy cidre bouché.

    Louisiana Rum
    Louisiana Rum
    Guadeloupe cane sugar
    Guadeloupe cane sugar
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