I asked Mike Anderson, my local fisherman (owner of Rimrack) if he has ever tried eating scallop mantles. He said he had eaten them and they are a bit briny in taste. I don't think he told me whether he liked it or not. Tonight I was curious and decided to give them a try. They turned out delicious. The mantles were slightly crunchy, chewy and tasted a bit similar to clams but better!
Uncooked the mantles are a bit slimy to handle. I remember my mother told me to clean certain sea life with salt which she learned from her mother. This will take some of the slime away. I removed the scallop mantles from the scallops and placed them in a bowl. I added about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon of salt and massaged the mantles for about 5 minutes to remove the slime and impurities. I rinsed them in cold water and repeated this method two more times. After the third time I rinsed the mantles well with cold water, drained and cut each mantle into 1/2 to 1 inch lengths.
Spicy & Garlicky Scallop Mantles (serves 1-2)
5 oz of scallop mantles, washed well and cut into 1/2-inch to 1-inch lengths
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp chopped parsley
A squeeze of lemon juice
1) Heat oil in a small pan over high heat.
2) Once the pan is hot add the garlic and pepper flakes, saute for about 1 minute.
3) Add scallop mantles and sauté for about 2 minutes or until the mantles are cooked. Stir in fish sauce and parsley and sauté for about 30 seconds.
4) Scoop out the scallop mantles into a plate and reserve.
5) Turn heat down to medium, reduce the sauce down, about 4-5 minutes.
6) Drizzle the sauce over the scallop mantles. Squeeze a little lime juice over the top. Serve with toasted bread.
|Rimrack and crew returning from a long day of work|
|a bucket full of shucked scallops|
(it's a LOT of work to shuck them one by one)
|the anxious customers|
|Captain Mike Anderson, dedicated |
and hard working fisherman
(thank you, Mike for the work that you do!)
|dealing from the back of a pick up truck!|
(I appreciate my scallops more now that
I have shucked all of these by myself!)
http://www.rimrackfish.com. Rimrack staff is very friendly and helpful and they will happily assist you. They can also be found on Facebook.