• Herb-rubbed grilled scallops

  • A dry rub made with herbs, spices and a bit of oil is one of the best ways to add flavor and keep scallops moist while cooking. With this method you can let the flavors permeate the scallops for quite some time (up to 12 hours) without ruining their texture.
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    • The low-down on scallops
      Scallops are low in calories, fat, carbohydrates and cholesterol, so it's a nutritional crime when they are breaded and deep-fried or drowned in a fat-laden casserole.
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      The low-down on scallops
      Scallops are low in calories, fat, carbohydrates and cholesterol, so it's a nutritional crime when they are breaded and deep-fried or drowned in a fat-laden casserole.

      Health experts recommend eating at least two seafood meals a week as part of a healthy diet. Pleasantly sweet and mild scallops can be a good choice because their flavor has broad appeal even among those who aren't big fans of seafood.

      Sea scallops, the larger and more widely available variety, are moist, sweet and slightly chewy. Tiny bay scallops are a bit sweeter and more succulent, but usually are quite expensive because they are less plentiful.

      Look for scallops with a moist surface and a sweet, fresh smell rather than fishy odor. Since they often are sold pre-packaged in trays or in plastic containers, you may want to get your scallops from the fish counter so you can ask to give them a sniff before they are wrapped.

      When buying sea scallops, try to get those that are labeled "dry," which means they haven't been treated with the preservative sodium tripolyphosphate. They will be considerably more flavorful and tend to brown much better.

      Frozen scallops generally are of a good quality and available year-round.

      Though scallops are delicious on their own, they do benefit from added flavors. If you are using a liquid marinade, be careful not to let the scallops soak for too long as their texture can quickly degrade. Ten minutes of marinating usually is enough.

      All scallops should be cooked for as short a time as possible to avoid them becoming tough and dried out.
  • A dry rub made with herbs, spices and a bit of oil is one of the best ways to add flavor and keep scallops moist while cooking. With this method you can let the flavors permeate the scallops for quite some time (up to 12 hours) without ruining their texture.
    This recipe for herb-rubbed grilled scallops is rich in Mediterranean flavors and can conveniently be prepped in the morning for cooking later in the day.
    Serve them with a salad of chopped romaine lettuce and diced tomatoes tossed with a lemon juice-olive oil vinaigrette.
    Start to finish: 20 minutes,
    plus 2 to 10 hours to marinate
    Servings: 4
    Ingredients:
    1 teaspoon dried tarragon
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
    3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1 pound sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    Fresh lemon wedges
    Directions:
    In a shallow dish, cover eight 10-inch bamboo skewers with water and set aside to soak.
    In a small bowl combine the tarragon, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, pepper and oil. Add the scallops and toss to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 to 10 hours.
    When ready to cook, preheat a gas grill to medium-high or prepare a charcoal grill.
    Divide the scallops between the skewers, threading them through the sides. Season with salt. Grill until the scallops are golden brown on both sides and opaque in the center, about 4 minutes per side. Serve with lemon wedges.
    Nutrition information per serving: 137 calories; 40 calories from fat; 4 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 37 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrate; 19 g protein; 0 g fiber; 328 mg sodium.
    — The Associated Press
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