My father had never eaten scallops before this year, but he was so inspired by this scallop dish prepared by his friends Fred and Patricia, he has spent much of the last month experimenting with them.
What I love about this recipe is it’s so easy to make and it cooks up so quickly. We used the larger sea scallops for this version, but dad remembers Patricia using bay scallops when she made them for him.
The scallops are essentially baked in a white sauce of butter, white wine, and flour, with a bread crumb topping.
- 2 lbs scallops (about 4 cups)
- 1 cup dry white wine (such as a Sauvignon Blanc)
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, separated 3 Tbsp and 3 Tbsp
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
- 2 1/2 Tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Place scallops in a medium sauté pan. Add the wine and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and simmer for 4 minutes, no longer.
Remove the scallops to a 1.5 quart casserole baking dish. Pour off the cooking liquid to a separate container and reserve.
2 Heat 3 Tbsp butter in the sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until wilted, a couple minutes.
3 Slowly sprinkle the flour over the butter onion mixture and stir to combine. Let cook for a minute or two. Then add the cooking liquid over the butter onion mixture, whisking vigorously while you do so.
As soon as the sauce is thickened, add it to the scallops in the casserole baking dish. Stir to fully incorporate the scallops into the sauce.
4 Sprinkle bread crumbs over the scallops and dot with the remaining 3 Tbsp butter. Bake in the oven at 400°F until bubbly and brown, approximately 15 minutes.
Serve with lemon slices.