Scallops are such a delight with their melt-in-your-mouth texture, mild flavor, and versatility. These shellfish can be prepared in many ways, including baking and frying, and can be purchased fresh or frozen. Once scallops are brought to room temperature, they cook quickly. Here's how to make sure they're done without overcooking.
Purchase scallops that are pink and smell good. Avoid them if they smell bad or overly fishy.
Bring scallops to room temperature, then prepare and cook them as desired.
Poke the scallop with a fork. If the scallop is done, the fork should bounce back slightly. If it's still mushy, continue to cook.
Look at the appearance of the scallops. They become opaque when cooked through. If you're pan frying them, they should be slightly browned.
Purchase scallops that are labeled “dry-packed,” meaning they were not processed and contain no additives.