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Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham

Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham make a perfect starter course, it's a Rick Stein recipe that is really quick and easy to make.

Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham
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Scallop Recipe

I ordered some fish and seafood from an online store and the quality was excellent.

The Fish Society buy a year's supply during the abundant summer months which means we can enjoy ethically dived scallops Christmas through Easter. They are hand shucked at the source with great care and immediately frozen.

When cooked frozen fish is indistinguishable from fresh fish. Hand dived scallops have been caught by divers; yes they do cost quite a bit more but is so much better than using environmentally destructive dredgers.

Most scallops in the UK are caught using heavy-toothed dredgers: two-tonne steel frames with chainmail collecting bags and teeth that penetrate the seabed, which are dragged behind a trawler.

According to the charity, Open Seas scallop dredging is the worst method of fishing for sea life because of the damage it causes to the seabed habitat and its species.

Scallops with or without the coral

They sell scallops with or without the coral but personally, I much prefer them with.

The bright orange roe is firmer and lighter than the rest of the scallop with a more pronounced seafood flavour. The roe cooks at the same rate as the rest of the scallop.

Did you know Scallops are considered a Power Food?

According to Men's Health scallops are more than 80 percent protein. One 85g serving provides 20 grams of protein and is just 95 calories. They're also a good source of both magnesium and potassium.

And apparently, the same size serving contains 35 milligrams of cholesterol and 0.19 grams of both saturated fat and polyunsaturated fat.

Anyway back to the recipe!
I thought I'd share with you this totally delicious recipe from the book Fish and Shellfish by Rick Stein.

Personally, I could easily just eat scallops seared in butter on their own. I'm not trying to sound like an advert here but honestly and seriously, these Dived Scallops from The Fish Society are seriously the best I've ever eaten.

How many Scallops do you need per person?

I say 2-3 scallops for a starter and 3-4 for the main course.

Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham

Ingredients in this Recipe

  • 2 slices of Serrano ham (or similar cured ham)
  • A handful of baby salad leaves
  • 25g Chilled unsalted butter
  • 6 Scallops - ideally with roe (coral)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley - chopped

Scallop Starter Recipes

Scallops with Chorizo 

Scallops with Crispy Pancetta and Lemon Butter Sauce

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