Easy Baked Scallops

These baked scallops are so easy and delicious! First, simmer them with a little wine, and then briefly bake them with a creamy sauce.

Baked scallops on a plate for dinner

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My father's first experience with scallops was with this baked scallop dish prepared by his friends Fred and Patricia. He was so inspired by these scallops he spent the better part of a month experimenting trying to recreate them! These delicious baked scallops are the result.

What I love about this recipe is that it's so easy to make and it cooks up so quickly. The scallops are essentially baked in a white sauce of butter, white wine, and flour, with a breadcrumb topping.

Bakes scallops in a creamy sauce served from a baking dish

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Sea Scallops vs. Bay Scallops

When it comes to scallops, you have a choice between sea scallops and bay scallops. We use the larger sea scallops for this version, but my father remembers Patricia using bay scallops when she made them for him.

Sea scallops are fairly large — the diameter of a quarter or larger — while bay scallops are quite small, maybe just an inch across or even smaller. Sea scallops are usually more common (and less expensive), so these are most likely what you'll find at the store.

Their size obviously affects how quickly they cook, so if you end up using bay scallops, be sure to shorten the overall cooking time.

Fresh scallops are best for this recipe if you can find them, but frozen scallops are also fine to use. Thaw frozen scallops before making the recipe according to package instructions.

How to Tell When Scallops Are Done

Scallops are cooked when they are just barely opaque all the way through. The texture should still be quite soft; if they're very firm or tough, that means they're overcooked. Err on the side of undercooking them. You can always heat them a minute or two longer if they need more cooking.

This recipe has a longer cooking time than most scallop recipes, but the scallops are cooked very gently — first with a little wine on the stovetop, and then nestled in baking dish in the oven. Follow the timing in the recipe and you should be just fine.

Baked scallops with breadcrumbs on a plate

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What to Serve With These Scallops

Serve these scallops on their own with a squeeze of lemon. A simple side salad and a hunk of crusty bread round out the meal.

You could also spoon the scallops and their sauce over some pasta or rice. This would be great for a dinner party or a date night in.

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Easy Baked Scallops

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6 servings

Look for "dry packed" not soaked, wet, or treated scallops. Dry packed scallops taste better and haven't been artificially plumped up with water.


  • 2 pounds sea scallops (about 4 cups), fresh or thawed if frozen, dry-packed

  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as a sauvignon blanc)

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour

  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F:

    Preheat the oven to 400°.

  2. Simmer the scallops on the stovetop:

    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.

    Raw scallops in a skillet

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    Transfer the scallops to a 1 1/2-quart casserole baking dish using a spatula and arrange in a single layer. It's ok if they're a little crowded or if a few overlap. Pour off the cooking liquid to a separate container and reserve.

    Raw scallops in a dish to bake

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  3. Cook the onions:

    Heat 3 tablespoons butter in the sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until wilted, a couple minutes.

    Minced shallots in a skillet

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  4. Make the sauce:

    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.

    Adding cream to cooked shallots in a skillet for sauce for scallops

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    As soon as the sauce is thickened, add it to the scallops in the casserole baking dish. Stir gently to fully incorporate the scallops into the sauce.

    Scallops and a creamy sauce in a baking dish

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  5. Bake:

    Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the scallops and dot with the remaining 3 tablespoons butter.

    Scallops in a baking dish topped with breadcrumbs, ready to go into the oven

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    Bake in the oven at 400°F until bubbly and brown, approximately 15 minutes.

    Serve with lemon slices.

    Golden brown baked breadcrumb topping over a dish or baked scallops from the oven

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
298 Calories
13g Fat
18g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 298
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 762mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 410mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.