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Feb 11, 2012 04:05 PM

Yes, you can sear frozen scallops

Just saying...

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  1. Yes, you can. Thaw, dry well, and if treated (as are most frozen scallops), give them the ol' CI scallop-fix treatment to make them taste like day-boat scallops again...

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      1. re: magiesmom


        Sorry, tried to go look for that on the internet, but unfortunately I am a subscriber to the mag, but not the website (extra cost... very irritating), and I couldn't copy the article from online. Will have to look for what copy that was in and post.

        I do it kind of slap-dash from memory now, but would rather give you the proper skinny to train you al' up right:). involves soaking in a lemon mixture for a specific amount of time and a way to drain properly.

        More tomorrow on that method...

        Second Escondido on usual source for my supply of frozen scallops; TJ's are really quite good.

        1. re: magiesmom

          Scallop fix with lemon

          "We strongly recommend purchasing “dry” scallops (those without chemical additives). If you can only find “wet” scallops, soak them in a solution of 1 quart cold water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons table salt for 30 minutes before proceeding with step 1."
          More here----
          Complete recipe here---

          I despise those chem treated wet scallops but they are less expensive...... So I'll try this lemon bath next time. Dry scallops are more and more common.

            1. re: zzDan


              Thanks for posting that opening paragraph; I see you ended at a link you must be a member of to see the remainder of as well - but you found the whole thing elsewhere! Great job:)

              I appreciate your getting this up here, because in my experience, 'dry' scallops are NOT getting more common. I can only get them here in SEA from a specialized fish shop - and not always from them, either; most of the dry scallop trade goes to restaurants.

              1. re: gingershelley

                luckily her in Western MA dry scallops are readily available

                1. re: gingershelley

                  You are welcome! Costco should have dry scallops. If you don't belong you can try to get someone who does to get them for you. Publix is a big chain in Fl and a few other states and they have dry ones. You are prolly not in their area. I think quality marts like Wegman's do.

                2. re: zzDan

                  The Wild ones from TJs are not treated with chemicals, so they do quite well when thawed properly. (I tried searing them frozen and didn't like the texture as well.)

            2. I got some from TJs and followed the thawing instructions on the back exactly and they were quite good. I sear them in clarified butter so I can get the heat very high and then finish with a fresh pat of butter in the pan and a splash of white wine--fresh thyme for garnish.