Sunday, March 3, 2013

Spicy & Garlicky Scallop Mantles (serves 1-2)

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
the goodies!!
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!
my scallops!!
(I appreciate my scallops more now that
I have shucked all of these by myself!)
*F/V (fishing vessel) Rimrack is a family owned fishing business located in beautiful Rye Harbor, NH. Thank you Rimrack for the amazingly fresh and tasty sea life!!  Please support and buy from your local fishermen.  If you are interested in buying from F/V Rimrack please visit their website:  Rimrack staff is very friendly and helpful and they will happily assist you. They can also be found on Facebook.

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