HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >

Potato starch vs. corn starch?

care11 Mar 8, 2009 01:12 PM

Help! I am making fried blue cornmeal crusted bay scallops and the receipe calls for potato starch. Can I use corn starch in its place? Receipe follows:


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. c
    chez cherie RE: care11 Mar 8, 2009 02:02 PM

    i say yes. in this recipe, the potato starch is used to provide a dry surface for the egg to adhere to the scallops (standard breading procedure), as it would just slide off the slippery scallops without something powdery and dry as a "base coat". flour is most often used, but potato starch, or cornstarch would work. just be sure to pat any excess off, so you don't have too much--should be a really minimal coating.

    1 Reply
    1. re: chez cherie
      care11 RE: chez cherie Mar 8, 2009 02:34 PM

      Thanks! Starting to make them right now...w/a chipolte mayo dipping sauce!

    2. alwayscooking RE: care11 Mar 8, 2009 05:18 PM

      Too late now perhaps but I recommend flour instead. I find the texture of corn starch cloying.

      1 Reply
      1. re: alwayscooking
        care11 RE: alwayscooking Mar 8, 2009 06:08 PM

        Thanks! I know what you mean, a little too, I don’t know…hard and sweet for lack of better words. We decided to go with a combo of corn starch and flour and made sure to shake off ALL excess. Kept the oil at a constant 350 and fried for 1 min. We loved it!!!! Thanks to both of you for the help and advice...next up...the same recipe but w/calamari. (The chipotle mayo made it even better!)

      2. r
        rememberme RE: care11 Mar 8, 2009 07:01 PM

        How did you make your chipotle mayo?

        1 Reply
        1. re: rememberme
          care11 RE: rememberme Mar 9, 2009 04:49 AM

          Recipe for the chipotle mayo:

          1/2 cup mayonnaise
          2 tablespoons sour cream
          1 small lime, juiced
          1 canned chipotle pepper, chopped
          1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (we add a bit more)
          1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
          Salt and freshly ground black pepper

          Mix all up in a bowl. :)

        Show Hidden Posts