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Seafood, served fresh and piping hot, is the name of the game when it comes to National Fried Scallops Day!

History of National Fried Scallops Day

Scallops are a category of molluscs that are often otherwise known as saltwater clams. This seafood can be cooked in a variety of ways but this particular day is all about frying them. The great news about this particular method of cooking scallops is that it is quick, easy and absolutely delicious!

Typically, when people refer to frying scallops, they mean that they are coated in breadcrumbs and then cooked in hot oil. Although it is also possible to sear scallops in oil without dipping them in any batter or breading.

National Fried Scallops Day was established to celebrate the beauty and deliciousness of this seafood treat that delights the taste buds!

How to Celebrate National Fried Scallops Day

Looking for ideas to celebrate National Fried Scallops Day? Check out some of these:

Try Making Fried Scallops at Home

Of course, a great way to celebrate this day would be to venture into seafood making by frying scallops at home. It’s best when it is possible to get seafood from a fresh source, so those who live by the water have a distinct advantage. Supermarkets and seafood markets are both great places to purchase scallops. And now it’s even possible to buy seafood online and have it shipped directly to your door.

Most recipes for fried scallops allow for around eight scallops per person if it is being served as a main dish, or half of that if it is an appetizer or side dish. To make fried scallops, heat some oil in a deep fryer, cover scallops in buttermilk and then dip into a mixture of flour with salt and pepper. Deep fry the scallops for about 3-4 minutes until crispy and golden.

Learn Some Bits of Trivia About Scallops

In honor of National Fried Scallops Day, it might be fun to learn and share some interesting fun facts about this little seafood with such a big flavor. Get started with some of these:

  • Scallops can only survive in deep, full saline sea water, which means they are typically not found in intertidal waters but only in the deeper sea unless there is a particularly low spring tide.

  • Scallops have rings and, similar to trees, each ring represents a year of growth, unless the ring represents a stressful or traumatic incident in the life of a scallop.

  • The scallop has been part of human culture since at least 400 BC and the shells have been featured in numerous works of art – including the famous painting, The Birth of Venus, by Italian master Botticelli. It was also considered a symbol of rebirth in early Christian representation.

  • In France, the King Scallop is associated with St. James. In fact, the scallop shell was the traditional symbol for St. James and was used on flags and coats of arms by those who had completed this pilgrimage.

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