Coquille St. Jacques (Scallops)

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Alan Leonetti

This is one of my favorites and it is the MOST AUTHENTIC RECIPE! Other recipes that omit some of the ingredients, such as the heavy cream, are not the true recipe for this wonderful tasting dish. Also, you must serve it in shells or ramekins & not over a bed of rice. It's just as good as other recipes for this dish that require many more steps. It's YUMMY! If you have any questions e-mail me:

Top Review by Maxiimom1

Merci Lyle, I used to make this recipe often; so knew it by heart; but since I like it rich and fattening;, have not for a while , so had to revert to Recipezaar,,,errr, Loved your recipe,, but of course used what I had on hand. Fresh Digby Scallops from the bay of Fundy are huge and sweet. I used some mozza and cream cheeze in the sauce and the fresh juice in the bag of scallops, and I had some whipping cream and I use Nutmeg and garlic as the spices with ground pepper> My boyfriend has added it to the next dinner party. Fast and furious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place scallops in saucepan with wine or vermouth, mushrooms, seasonings & herbs.
  2. Add water, if necessary, to almost cover ingredients.
  3. Bring to simmer & then cover pan & simmer slowly for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove scallops & mushrooms & place into a bowl.
  5. Rapidly boil down the cooking liquid until reduced to the amount of 1 cup.
  6. Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a new pan& stir in the flour until smooth.
  7. Cook slowly for 2 minutes without browning.
  8. Remove from heat & beat in the scallop cooking liquid.
  9. Stir with whip over medium heat until sauce thickens.
  10. Thin out with milk.
  11. Blend egg yolks in a bowl with half of the heavy cream.
  12. Beat in the hot sauce driblets.
  13. Return to the pan & stir over medium heat until sauce comes to a slight boil.
  14. Thin out, as necessary, with more cream or milk.
  15. Carefully correct seasoning & add lemon juice & sugar if needed.
  16. Fold 2/3 of sauce into the scallops & mushrooms & spoon into lightly buttered large shells or individual ramekins (round baking bowls).
  17. Spoon on the remaining sauce & sprinkle with the cheese.
  18. Top with bread crumbs & place little dabs of butter on top.
  19. Then sprinkle with paprika.
  20. Place into broiler until lightly browned & serve with crusty bread if desired.

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