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The Instacart guide to scallops

Scallops are sold in fine restaurants worldwide and are an essential part of well-known chefs' dishes. For those unfamiliar with this seafood, it can be a bit daunting to buy and cook. 

Sold throughout the world, the Atlantic sea scallop is found off the eastern coast of the United States and Canada, which has the largest wild scallop fishery globally. Japan and China are also large suppliers. These countries are also known for using scallops in dishes inspired by their own traditional cuisines. For instance, Chinese chefs cook scallops with many sauces like oyster, soy, ginger, and tangerine. They also stir-fry scallops with vegetables, glass noodles, or shrimp.

Japanese chefs use sake, soy sauce, or rice vinegar when pan-frying the scallops, as well as eating them as sashimi. The scallops natural sweet flavor is an alternative way to try the scallops and enjoying the raw taste. In Europe, as in the United States, scallops are enjoyed seared and cooked in butter and oil, using simpler ingredients like garlic and lemon. They can also be breaded and baked or topped with a light cream of sage as made in France. 

Because of its popularity, the scallop has been over-fished. Its Atlantic population has decreased over the past 100 years due to a reduction in sea grass habitats and an increase in predators like sting rays. There has been a recent movement to fish the scallop with divers instead of nets, which helps to preserve the ocean floors and habitat. These hand-caught scallops are more expensive because they are larger and caught using a sustainable method.

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FAQs about scallops

For raw scallops, a good wine is dry Vermentino and Chablis. For baked scallops, try fresh Marsanne or Champagne, and for seared scallops, try full-body Pinot Gris or Chenin Blanc. Scallops go best with white wines as the reds tend to overpower seafood dishes.

It's important not to overcook scallops as the flesh can become chewy, taking away from the delicateness that represents a scallop. Cook about 2 minutes on each side for a total of 4 minutes, until golden brown.