Scalloping is such a fun thing to do with kids! I like to describe it as an underwater Easter egg hunt. We usually go every summer. Here is what you need for a good time scalloping:
1) Check the reports online and find out where to go! Scallops like to hang out just north of where a river meets the gulf.
2) Round up your equipment: snorkels- check! masks- check! flippers- check! shell bag and 5 gallon bucket- check! dive flag- check! fishing license- DOH! (had to renew mine at the last minute online!)
3) Find the spot and start finding them! Usually the water is pretty shallow when we scallop which makes it fun for everyone, even the kids, but it still helps to have snorkel equipment. You can find them just hanging out in the grass and sandy areas out in the bay.
4) Head back in and find a shady spot to shuck! We usually sit under a tree back at home, and have some cold drinks to help us along. Shuckin' tips: Dark side up, use a grapefruit spoon, sometimes ice makes them pop open, but sometimes just keeping them in their own water works better.
5) Cook em up! I dip them in egg and put them in a baggie full of panko breadcrumbs and shake it all about! I put a little oil in a pan and fry them for about 3 minutes on each side until they are brown. At the last minute, I pour 2 tablespoons of Rose's lime juice and a pat of butter in the pan and let it sizzle. Serve over pasta or yellow corn grits. Mmmmm!
Are you ready to try scalloping?
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