Baked Scallops Gratin Italian Recipe

Baked Scallops Gratin Italian Recipe

By 26/04/2013

In Italy scallops are called "capesante", or holy shells and they are known also, in French as "Coquille St. Jacques". A funny name for a shell.  Apparently they have been called like this after the priest who used to use them to hold water for the blessing of the pilgrims.

If you can find fresh scallops it is worth making this quick and tasty starter. Great for a dinner party; you can cook them in their shell and you will impress your guests without too much effort. Make sure you don't overcook them to avoid them turning chewy.

Gratinated scallops are very easy to prepare. You can buy them already cleaned at your fishmongers and they will only take 10 minutes to cook.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 minutes



Chop finely the parsley and the garlic


Sprinkle a little olive oil on each shell and put 1 tsp of the chopped parsley and garlic over the oil

parsley, garlic and olive oil

Put the scallop in the shell and sprinkle a little salt and pepper

Gratinated scallops

Now sprinkle 1 tbsp of breadcrumbs over it

Gratinated scallops

And a little olive oil too

Gratinated scallops

Cook in a hot oven at 180C or 350F  for 10 minutes and serve hot

Gratinated scallops

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8 Responses to Baked Scallops Gratin Italian Recipe

  1. Javelin Warrior

    What a beautiful and easy-to-make appetizer, Alida! Especially when it’s possible to find fresh scallops… I love the use of fresh breadcrumbs and olive oil to make the crusty topping and I’m sure these are always a hit! Thanks so much for sharing…

  2. Bread and Companatico

    ma lo sai che qui le capesante non si trovano? solo le “frozen scallops” che dici tu, che non sono proprio la stessa cosa. che buone le tue, mi viene una voglia…

    • Alida

      Probabilmente non ci sono nei mari li da te. Comunque sembra essere sempre piu’ difficile trovare pesce fresco (e non di allevamento). Devi proprio cercarlo o vivere vicino al mare!

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Wow, Alida, these scallops look out of this world delicious. Sadly that I can’t find quality seafood with reasonable price over here…:-(

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Che meraviglia Alida, questo è un piatto da ristorante, complimenti! Ciao

  5. Alida

    I know it can be difficult to source fresh fish. Maybe there are other types of nice fresh fish where you live. Scallops are local fish in the UK.

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