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Breaded Sea Scallops

I never liked seafood until my husband urged me to try scallops, and now I love them. He says my breaded version is the best he's ever had. A tip I learned was to put them on a paper-towel-topped plate to soak up excess oil. —Martina Preston, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 sea scallops (about 3/4 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • In a shallow bowl, lightly beat egg. In another bowl, toss potato flakes and bread crumbs with salt and pepper. In a third bowl, toss scallops with flour to coat lightly. Dip in egg, then in potato mixture, patting to adhere.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add scallops; cook until golden brown and scallops are firm and opaque, 2-3 minutes per side.
Nutrition Facts
3 scallops: 454 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 164mg cholesterol, 1262mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • Stewart
    Apr 21, 2020

    Martina,surely you jest about the tip?

  • Therese
    Mar 9, 2020

    Where is the proofreading? I reviewed and thought great way to use my leftover mashed potatoes. I purchased scallops. I start receipt. It asks for “mash potato flakes!”

  • oreo95
    Jul 9, 2019

    3 stars because I love scallops! Made recipe exact. Wanted to like this but the breading was messy, falling off during cooking, even let them sit 10 min after breading. Definitely not appealing to the eye

  • Grape
    Feb 18, 2018

    Delicious recipe!! Funny thing is this was the first scallop dish I've ever made and it's a hometown recipe (I'm from Horsham)!!

  • annrms
    Feb 7, 2018

    I adapted this recipe to bake bay scallops because I cannot eat sea scallops. Instead of breading individual sea scallops, I placed well dried with paper towels bay scallops into an oiled (1 tablespoon) shallow 12-inch quiche dish. I left out the flour and egg. I mixed up the breading mixture and mixed it with 2 tablespoons melted butter and placed the mixture on top. I sprinkled the top with paprika, and I baked it in a preheated 400? degree oven for about 12 minutes. I garnished it with freshly minced parsley. We loved the combination of potato flakes and seasoned bread crumbs. The crumbs browned nicely and got nice and crunchy on top. Will definitely make this again.

  • LibbieP
    Jan 2, 2018

    I made this for New Years and everyone loved it. I would make it again. I was the best I've ever made.

  • gr4tchr2
    May 6, 2013

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  • cctp1016
    Mar 10, 2013

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  • elaineae
    Jan 1, 2013

    This is one of the best scallop recipes I've tried. Without using all the butter that most recipes call for.

  • a642483
    Mar 16, 2012

    This was a good recipe! Love scallops but my husband doesn't so this was good for me - leftovers for lunch were just as good. Thanks for sharing!