Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Batter Fried Scallops

I've had this craving for batter fried scallops ever since my mom took me to Red Lobster for my birthday. I got the Admiral's Feast and it had these awesome batter fried bay scallops. I just used a batter for fried shrimp and added a little panko for extra crunch. This is super easy. Serve with tartar sauce.

Wash off the scallops and make sure there are no icky ones in the bunch.

Dry them off with paper towels.

Mix the oil, egg, milk, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, tony's & a little panko together in a bowl. Dip the scallops in batter. Sorry, you're going to have to get a little dirty.

Add some panko to a small dish and dip the battered scallops in the panko. Roll them around a little to get nice and coated.

Heat oil to 350°F. Carefully drop scallops in and let them swim for about 2 or 3 minutes. They'll float to the top and turn golden brown when they're ready.

Drain them on paper towels.

Batter Fried Scallops Recipe

1 pound scallops
1 tablespoon oil
1 egg, beaten
½ - 1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup panko crumbs
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt 
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Tony Chachere's Cajun Spice, to taste
panko crumbs for dipping
Oil for deep frying

Preheat oil to 350°F in a deep fryer or deep saucepan. Whisk together egg, milk and 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl. Mix together flour, sugar, salt, pepper and Tony's. Add to egg mixture and beat until smooth. Add some panko to a small bowl. Dip scallops into batter, shake off excess batter and then dip into the panko crumbs.

Fry a few scallops at a time for 2 to 3 minutes (depending on size) or until golden brown. Turn as needed. Drain on paper towels. Serve with tarter sauce.

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