How to prepare scallops

A Billingsgate fish expert shows how to clean and prepare scallops.

Points to remember

  • Use an oyster shucking knife, and place it at the hinge, prizing it open slightly.
  • Turn the scallop over and run a flexible fish filleting knife over the flat side of the shell to release the scallop. Open the shell fully. Use a spoon to release the scallop from the bottom shell.
  • Pull off the frill, the black stomach sack and any other pieces that are around the meat of the scallop and discard, leaving just the white flesh and any coral. Rinse the scallop thoroughly in cold water.
  • Cook as desired.