Scallop Gratins with Lemon-Garlic Butter

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

From Epicurious... These were great. Very simple and delicious, even using frozen scallops! The fresh bread crumbs for the topping are essential, really makes the dish. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the juices... Delicious summer dish!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or 2-3 Tbsp dried)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 12 teaspoons lemons, zest of
  • 1 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 12 cups fresh breadcrumbs (I know it's tempting to use the ready-made kind, but resist the temptation! It's worth it!)
  • 1 12 lbs sea scallops, side muscles trimmed (you can also substitute large shrimp for half the scallops)


  1. Mix 4 tablespoons chopped parsley, butter, chopped shallot, minced garlic, and grated lemon peel in medium bowl to blend.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. (Seasoned butter can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using.) Preheat oven to 400°F.
  4. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add breadcrumbs; sauté until crisp and golden, about 6 minutes.
  6. Transfer to plate.
  7. Rub some of seasoned butter on bottom and sides of four 1 1/4-cup ramekins or custard cups.
  8. Divide scallops among prepared dishes.
  9. Spread 1 teaspoon remaining seasoned butter atop scallops in each dish.
  10. Top with breadcrumbs, dividing equally.
  11. Dot breadcrumbs with remaining seasoned butter.
  12. Place scallop gratins on large baking sheet.
  13. Bake until scallops are cooked through, about 20 minutes or until scallops are opaque.
  14. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley and serve.
Most Helpful

Very, very nice taste, nice looking and easy to prepare. I found some scallops still in the shell, attached, so left them in the shell to cook and serve. It took less than 20 minutes (more like 10) but they were Australian scallops which are smaller than the larger American counterparts sold without the roe. The breadcrumbs I used were from day old foccacia and that turned out to be a good texture.

Jangomango January 27, 2003

Made the recipe with 1 lb of scallops in a small casserole dish so that the scallops fit in one tight layer. I used brioche bread crumbs and the full amount of herb butter. The results were very tasty but a bit on the dry side. Could have been the difference between a ramekin and a casserole dish. Scallops were perfectly cooked in 20 minutes.

MEAN CHEF April 07, 2003

I think I expected something slightly different from this dish. I also did not use ramekins but a gratin dish. The butter had a great flavour but it did not seem to transfer to the scallops. The butter would be great on toasted bread as a savoury snack.

Sassy Syrah July 09, 2004