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Nantucket Baked Scallop Recipe

Nantucket Baked Scallop Recipe

We’re so excited for our first Spring Collection print drop, Nantucket! This little island off Cape Cod is known for their foggy shores & fresh local seafood, so we chose a Baked Scallop recipe from restaurateur and seafood extraordinaire Kathy Sidell. We hope you enjoy serving up this east-coast inspired dish at your next dinner party. 

Baked Scallops with Mornay Sauce

Makes 8 servings


For the Mornay sauce:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 qt. milk
  • 2 c. cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Heat butter on low heat. 
  2. Add flour to make roux. 
  3. Whisk in milk, stirring until thickened. 
  4. Add cheese. 
  5. Season with salt and pepper.


For scallops:

  • ½ c. bacon, diced
  • ½ c. shallots, diced
  • 16 whole sea scallops (Nantucket Bays preferred, when in season)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ bunch Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 8 tbsp. finished Mornay sauce
  • Sliced scallions for garnish


  1. Render diced bacon until crispy (about five minutes), then add shallots & sweat until translucent. Set aside. 
  2. Place scallops on a paper towel to dry and season them with salt & pepper. 
  3. In a large sauté pan, heat oil until almost smoking. 
  4. Place scallops in the pan. Sear until golden on one side. 
  5. Flip scallops & baste with 1 tablespoon butter. 
  6. Add the bacon-shallot mixture back to the pan. 
  7. Finish with parsley. 
  8. To plate, spoon Mornay sauce into shell and place two scallops over sauce. 
  9. Put the shells under broiler until scallops are browned. 
  10. Finish with bacon-and-shallot mixture from pan & garnish with scallions.

Nantucket Baked Scallops in large white scallop shells on blue table cloth

Our mouths are watering already! Want more than a taste of New England? Check out our #EscapeMore: Nantucket, MA Travel Guide for your next getaway. 

Woman wearing Cabana Life Nantucket Off The Shoulder Dress

Explore all of our Nantucket styles and learn more about this spring print drop in our Behind the Design: Nantucket Print blog. These classic gingham & striped designs with a bright coral twist will be a staple in your closet. You’ll be ready for every seaside adventure in these sun safe silhouettes. 

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