Legal Seafood Baked Scallops recipe from Rich Vellante is an easy way to prepare baked scallops. This recipe will show you how to make perfectly prepared scallops right at home. It’s so easy!
Legal Seafood – East Coast restaurant
Legal Seafood is an incredible place to eat if you are ever on the east coast. They have a bunch of restaurants in Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and more! Since they are right on the east coast, their seafood is incredibly fresh. Believe me, stop by if you can, you will always remember it.
Baked Scallops are one of the easiest ways to prepare scallops
But if you aren’t going to be on the east coast and just want some incredible baked scallops at home, you are going to love this recipe for the much-loved Legal Seafood’s scallops. I always enjoy the baked scallops from Legal Seafood, so it was only natural for me to want to share a homemade version too.
Turns out, making scallops in the oven is an easy way to prepare sea scallops. It’s so easy you’ll want to put this on your regular rotation and serve it up quite a few more times!
Baked Scallop recipe
My recipe makes 8 servings, so it’s perfect for a family dinner. It has a delightful crunchy topping and the scallops always turn out the perfect texture.
You might already have most of these ingredients at home. Here’s what I used in my baked scallops:
- Sea Scallops
- Fresh thyme leaves
- Ritz crackers
How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute
If you don’t have buttermilk at home or forgot to pick some up from the store, you can use this easy hack and make some right at home.
Just add a spoonful of white vinegar or lemon juice to the same amount of milk. Stir it and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll notice it will start to change its texture a bit. Give it one last stir then add it to the recipe.
How to Bake Scallops
- In a bowl, season the scallops with salt and pepper.
- Add thyme and buttermilk and toss to coat the scallops.
- Place scallops evenly in a baking dish and top with crushed Ritz crackers.
- Drizzle melted butter on top.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Squeeze the juice of a lemon over the scallops and serve immediately.
What do you eat scallops with?
I love making my baked scallops with other seafood-type side dishes. To me, seafood is such a light dish that I prefer to eat lighter sides with it too.
How to Store Baked scallops
Unfortunately, with the crunchy cracker topping, these don’t last very long in the refrigerator. The scallops themselves will last about 4 days in the fridge if you store them correctly. But the cracker topping will become a bit soggy.
But if you take the topping off, store the scallops in an airtight container with a lid. They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 4 days.
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Legal Seafood Baked Scallops
- 2 pounds sea scallops
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves minced
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 20 crushed Ritz Crackers
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 lemon
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a bowl, season the scallops with salt and pepper. Add thyme and buttermilk and toss to coat the scallops.
- Evenly place the scallops in an oven-proof casserole and cover with hand-crushed Ritz crackers. Top with melted butter and bake for 20 minutes.
- Squeeze juice of lemon over the scallops and serve immediately.