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Scallops – How to Cook Scallops

How to Cook Scallops Perfectly
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • pounds bay scallops
  • ½ pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese mild, grated
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • several strips of bacon


  • Place the scallops in a buttered 1½ quart casserole dish.
  • Sauté the mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of butter along with the fresh thyme, pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add the white wine, and continue to cook until all the liquid is evaporated. Set aside to cool.
  • Remove the thyme stems, and then spread over the scallops.
  • In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, heat 4 tablespoons of butter until melted and bubbly.?
  • Add the flour and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for two minutes.
  • Add the milk, all at once and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until thickened.
  • Add the Old Bay seasoning.
  • Off the heat, stir in the cheese, a little at a time. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • Pour the sauce over the scallops and mushrooms.
  • Cover with strips of bacon, and bake at 350°F for about thirty minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.