Hungry again for more delicious seafood? In that case, you’ll love the topic of today’s post. You might not normally go in for sea scallops. Perhaps something about the texture bothers you. Either way, you shouldn’t let that deter you. After all, our tastes tend to change as we get older. Are you ready to learn more about them? Then we invite you to keep reading!
Choosing the Best Scallops
The key to making the tastiest seafood dishes you can is to pick the best individual ingredients. No matter which meal you want to make, it’s crucial that you choose the best scallops that you can find. You’ll notice that the scallops come pre-shucked so that they’re not held in their shells anymore. When you see snow-white scallops, don’t get them. That’s because they’ve been submerged in water. They absorb water which makes them heavier (and pricier) per pound. The freshest finds are light beige or creamy pink. They should look clean, smell fresh, and feel moist.
Storing Them Safely
Once you get them home, stick them in the fridge right away. Don’t delay your meal plans with them. Instead, cook them and eat them within the next 24 hours after purchase. You can also poach and freeze them. Amazingly, they’ll keep for up to three months through this storage method.
Quick Tips for Cooking Your Catch
Considering you might not live close enough to a spot to get fresh scallops (unless you come and have dinner in our house, that is), you should consider buying flash-frozen ones. Let them thaw before you prepare them. Some good techniques to use are sauteing, grilling, broiling, or poaching. An overcooked scallop isn’t very appealing, though. That’s because they’re tough and rubbery. So it might take a few tries to get it right. Once you do, though, you can add them to sushi rolls or ceviche offerings. However you want to do it, your best friends will be a hot skillet and a quick timer. Herbs, spices, and sauces will add more flavors, as well!
COSTAS INN IS YOUR SEAFOOD DESTINATION
Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. So here’s to 50 years, and cheers to 50 more!
You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.
You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! Of course, you can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!