Seafood lovers in the country have surely tasted the delicious scallops.
Scallops are an expensive shellfish that varies in size. It is sold in the market with an empty half shell already discarded and is smaller compared to the ones you see on TV or being served in international cuisines.
A scallop is a marine bivalve mollusk. "Scallop" is derived from the old French "escalope", which means "shell". It is also known as "tikob or paypay".
The shellfish have 2 fan-shaped shells which contain a firm round white flesh and orange coral or roe attached. It costs around Php130 per kilo if bought directly in the market.
Here's a recipe from pinoyrecipe.net
• 250 gm butter, coarsely chopped
• 6 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
• 1/2 kilo scallops in the shell
• salt to taste
• Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
• Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
• Add garlic, sauté until fragrant and golden brown about 5 minutes or less.
• Then add a pinch of salt, mixed well then set aside.
• Heat a char-grill pan to high heat.
• Spoon butter sauce over scallops, season to taste, and grill, scallop-side up, until plump and just cooked through (5 minutes).
• Sprinkle the grated Parmesan Cheese on top of each scallop and serve hot.
Instead of parmesan cheese, you can use melted cheese instead. This dish is usually served in seafood restaurants.
Scallops can also be baked with its shell instead of grilling it.
source/reference: pinoyrecipe.net | photo by Ember Mahilum