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HELP FOR VALENTINES DAY....My sweetie is craving sea scallops for home cooked romantic meal

OK so I'm a budget hound. I can't afford $35/pound diver scallops. I live in the N Miami Beach area. I saw previously frozen, dry pack, kinda small, but still sea scallops not bay scallops at my local Publix seafood display case. $17.00 pound. No tryphosphates added..so they say but hey had that way too white look to them.

Anybody have any last minute suggestions. I have no Costco card so I don't know their deals. I do know Whole Foods, Epicure and Fresh Market are usually way overpriced. Although I saw asparagus ( Mexican ) for $1.98/Pound.

I don't mind getting IQF and defrosting them in the fridge myself. I don't mind a 2 pound bag as I know she has other Scallop recipes we can make later. I also don't mind a minor road trip if I have to.

I'm thinking a simple sear but if anybody has any can't miss scallop recipes let me know. I will peruse the recipe links.

thanks in advance for keeping me off the couch

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  1. Have no idea what their pricing is like, but you may want to try Delaware Chicken Farm in Hollywood, Laurenzo's in North Miami Beach, Captain Jim's in North Miami Beach.

    1. Thanks Frod........I'm calling capt jims as we speak....Laurenzos said they don't have right now..I have heard of Delaware Chick Farm....good reports..I will try them also

      Thanks so much....the couch is very uncomfortable...lol

      1. My wife loves the Grand Marnier sauce in this scallop recipe. I use the IQF from BJ's but always make sure there is no STP on the label.


          1. re: jpr54_1

            I don't remember how much they are, but I've gotten wonderful, large scallops from Triar.

          2. WOW...you guys are fantastic...I'm off the couch until the next anniversary at least ! I'll rundown the results of my hunt below for anybody else that might be looking....

            Laurenzos.....did not have....but I have seen them there before....almost everything there is overpriced anyway....cute atmosphere but I'm Irish not Italiano

            Captain Jims....I was close by so I went in....The counter man could not even tell me if they were wet or dry pack or chemical additives....15.99 pound..looked like 20-30 size...stick to the Florida seafood here

            Delaware Chicken Farm....knowledgable and helpful...I would definately shop here for other items...BUT....Scallops as described were wet pack with additives $13.99/pound approx...20 size....they get points for honesty but not what I was looking for.

            And THE WINNER IS......TRIAR Seafood in Hollywood by a mile....Sounds like they are trying to get more retail business...new website coming etc...phone lady was very helpful and wanted my business....They were all dry pack no chemicals added....18.99 for the big boys 6-8 per pound...$15.99 for 8-12 per pound......can't tell you how fast I got my self up there.

            The meal was a smash....grilled asparagus and hollandaise.....Risotto....and a quick hot sear on the Scallops. With some yummy applewood smoked bacon bits

            I'd really like to make a reference to a fine Chianti and some Fava beans but that is just not a Valentines day movie !!!!

            Very much appreciate everybodys input and Props to Triars Seafood

            1. FWIW I happened to be in Costco when this thread was active. They had 3 different scallop offerings.

              * U-15 frozen in bag, in the Seafood Special display area, 2.5LB for $32.49 (=$12.99 LB).

              * U-15 individual (defrosted I believe but not sure) in in the Seafood Special display area, $13.49 LB

              * 8-12 in packaged bag in frozen food section, 2LB bag, $27.59 = $13.79 lb.

              None of the packaging had any info about additives of any sort. I'm not sure, though, if that def means they did not have.

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              1. re: CFByrne

                *Fresh* scallops are sold in two ways....dry and wet. Dry is preferred since they have no additives and retains their pinkish color. Wet means that a preserving liquid has been added and typically appear a bleached white color. Always look for the label when buying fresh.

                1. re: freakerdude

                  Oh yes. I do know all about fresh scallops. I've bought them at the dock... in Stonington, Maine... in a near blizzard in the middle of January 1996. They'd just come in off the boat an hour earlier. I packed them and was on a flight to FLL a few hours later. I gave a few each to some chef/restauranteurs the next day... just to drive them somewhat nuts about how incredibly good these were.
                  I may have gotten them from this lady, in fact... who now supplies Thomas Keller and Jean Georges


                  1. re: CFByrne

                    Not nearly as good as "right off the dock" but my local (Plantation) Whole Foods is pretty reliable for fresh scallops.

              2. I will have to buy some scallops on my next visit to market