Scallop Heaven

Scallop Heaven

Scallop Heaven

One of my all time favourite foods are scallops. I only ever eat them as a starter though and always want more. This led me to try and devise a main course scallop dish. This is the first version of it. I have a second of a Maldivian curry. This isn’t really a dish, more three starters on one plate. It consists of a Coquille St Jacques, but in a baked potato shell rather than a scallop shell. A curried scallop served with dhal. Plus a normal scallop with venison sausage and cauliflower puree. Either element of the three can be served as superb starters on their own


  • 3/person Scallops
  • 1/person Medium Baking Potato
  • 20g Butter
  • 20g Flour
  • 200ml White wine
  • 2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tsp Chives
  • Good grating Nutmeg
  • 75g, grated Parmesan
  • 250g Tarka dhal
  • 1 Tsp Curry Powder
  • 1, florets only Cauliflower
  • 500ml Milk
  • 1/person. Venison Sausages


  1. Cook the potatoes for 1hr at 180°c. Split in half and scoop out the flesh leaving a 1cm border.
  2. Heat the butter and flour in a pan. Bring to the boil and add the wine. Cook until thickened. Add the mustard, half of the cheese, nutmeg and chives. Once cooled add one chopped scallop per person and add back into the two halves of potato per person. When ready, sprinkle parmesan over the top and grill over medium heat until bubbling.
  3. To make the cauliflower puree, cook the florets in a knob of butter until browned. Add the milk and simmer gently for 10mins. Puree with a stick blender and season to taste.
  4. Take the sausages out of their skins and shape into rounds. Cook for 3-4 minutes a side.
  5. Reheat the dhal and once ready to serve cook the scallops in butter and oil for 1 minute per side. Dusting one of them with curry powder to go with the dhal.


  1. My word….you have outdone yourself. I could have scallops for breakfast lunch and dinner, and then some. Only the thought of my poor cholestrols keep me in check. These. Look. Divine.

    • Dave Crichton

      Hi Minnie, do scallops have cholesterol? I know prawns do, but wasn’t sure about scallops. I’ll ask google!

  2. I am a scallop lover too and love your perfect little char on top and love all of your chef sauces and accompaniments. So when is dinner? Sharing, of course!

    • Dave Crichton

      It’s a shame with this internet, there isn’t a way of sharing all our creations at the touch of a button. Just have to make do with virtual dinners. 🙁

  3. My husband would marry me all over again if I made this dish for him. 🙂

  4. Dave, this is scallop galore!!! I love scallops, but like you, never thought of them as the main course. This is a great idea!

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