Capesante al Forno {Baked Scallops}


Capesante al Forno {Baked Scallops}

Capesante al Forno {Baked Scallops}.

We’ve been in a seafood mood lately. I’m pretty much a happy girl anytime I’m having seafood. Mussels, shrimp, lobster, fish, crab {oh let me count the ways I love crab…king, snow, dungeness, blue, stone wow I’m thinking there’s going to be a crab recipe coming up very soon LOL} and scallops. Oh I how I LURVE succulent sweet scallops.

Capesante al Forno {Baked Scallops}Capesante al Forno {Baked Scallops}

Sea scallops, diver scallops, bay scallops, rock scallops, here a scallop there a scallop LOL. All perfectly plump and delectable! I’ll take a dozen of each ; ) This  recipe was inspired from a recipe in the cookbook “Venezia”. They used large sea scallops on the half shell which made an incredibly beautiful presentation. For this recipe I used bay scallops but you could use any that you like. It’s a dish that comes together incredibly fast. You simply marinate the scallops, spoon them into the ramekins, top with breadcrumbs and a little buttah and bake. It’s that easy. The hardest part will be waiting for them to come out of the oven ; )

They make a perfect appetizer if you put them in smaller ramekins {this is how I prepare them for this post} and serve them with a toasted baguette. Swoon! OR if you choose to adjust the recipe {increase the marinade and amount of scallops to double or triple the size} put them in a larger dish it easily converts to an entree with the addition of a few sides. Easy peasy and oh so tasty either way.



What you’ll need: {served as an appetizer this makes 4 servings}
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic – minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
flat leaf Italian Parsley – chopped
1 pound bay scallops
4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons unsalted butter

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Into a small bowl place the olive  oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and scallops. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. Set aside.

3. Spray your ramekins with cooking spray. Using a slotted spoon place enough scallops into each ramekin so that they’re 3/4 full or equally divided between the four ramekins. Top with 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs per ramekin {small} and a 1/2 teaspoon butter each.

4. Bake until golden and bubbly, approximately 10-15 minutes.

Buon Appetito!

I baked my scallops in 4 ounce shallow ramekins and served them as a appetizer with baguette slices.

For my gluten free friends: This recipe can easily be made gluten free by substituting the breadcrumbs for gluten free breadcrumbs or corn meal.


  1. 1

    wonderful pictures, wonderful recipe!!! Yummy!

  2. 2

    They look so tasty. I think scallops are my favorite seafood.

  3. 3

    this is a beautiful dish! i am in love 🙂

  4. 4
    Tiffany /

    Yum Yum Yum!!!

  5. 5

    How perfect is this! Usually I just cook them in a pan with garlic, butter and white wine. But this looks too delicious.

  6. 6

    Love the new look, Paula! (I know I’ve been MIA, but I’ve been keeping up with your blog!)

  7. 7

    Yum! The breaing looks good and light.

  8. 8

    I too love seafood – and scallops. I love the use of the mini ramekins to make an elegant dish.

  9. 9

    This looks fabulous! I only had scallops for the first time a couple weeks ago, they were so good! I can’t wait to try it!

  10. 10

    This looks delicious! Scallops are so creamy and buttery when cooked so I’m sure this is a great way to enjoy them. Here in Japan we see scallops on the half-shell a lot. They usually cook them over a charcoal grill in the shell and top with a light squirt of soy sauce. So yummy!

  11. 11

    Wonderful scallops dish and they look so delectible!

    Fruits de mer!

    Bon appetit!

  12. 12

    That looks breathtakingly delicious. I adore scallops. Thank you for passing the recipe along.

    Stammi bene!

  13. 13

    Wonderful recipe and beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing.


  14. 14

    Easy, beautiful and I’ve got scallops in the freezer… Kate@kateiscooking

  15. 15

    That looks delicious! I’m planning on picking up bay scallops to make this next weekend. Beautiful photos!

  16. 16

    Thank you for sharing your scallop recipe. I made them tonight for my husband and they were a big hit.


  17. 17
    Peggy /

    Looks delicious! Did you used canned dried breadcrumbs or did you use fresh bread?

    • 17.1

      Hi Peggy! I usually save the ends of my bread loaves and freeze them. Then when needed I toast them up, bash them around and voila breadcrumbs!

  18. 18

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love scallops but the BF doesnt eat much seafood 🙁 I have got to sneak this in somehow.

  19. 19
    Simon /

    Your recipe doesn’t make sense! You’re supposed to marinate them? How long? You mention marinating twice in the description but nothing in the recipe itself!

    • 19.1

      Hi Simon, it’s just a quick marinade/soak as noted in step 2 of the directions.

  20. 20
    Marilynn /

    I made this for dinner tonight, also using bay scallops. I kept the scallop liquor in the baking dish and at the end, removed the scallops to a plate. Then I made pasta and poured the broth over the top. Completed with side of sauteed green beans. Turned out really well, thank you.


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