Baked Scallops Gratin Italian Recipe

In Italy scallops are called “capesante”, or holy shells and they are known also, in French as “Coquille St. Jacques”. A funny name for a shell.  Apparently they have been called like this after the priest who used to use them to hold water for the blessing of the pilgrims.

If you can find fresh scallops it is worth making this quick and tasty starter. Great for a dinner party; you can cook them in their shell and you will impress your guests without too much effort. Make sure you don’t overcook them to avoid them turning chewy.

Gratinated scallops are very easy to prepare. You can buy them already cleaned at your fishmongers and they will only take 10 minutes to cook.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 minutes


  • scallops in their shells – 8
  • breadcrumbs – 80 g – 1/2 cup
  • garlic – 2 cloves
  • parsley – a small bunch
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil


Chop finely the parsley and the garlic

Sprinkle a little olive oil on each shell and put 1 tsp of the chopped parsley and garlic over the oil

Put the scallop in the shell and sprinkle a little salt and pepper

Now sprinkle 1 tbsp of breadcrumbs over it

And a little olive oil too

Cook in a hot oven at 180C or 350F for 10 minutes and serve hot


8 thoughts on “Baked Scallops Gratin Italian Recipe

  1. What a beautiful and easy-to-make appetizer, Alida! Especially when it’s possible to find fresh scallops… I love the use of fresh breadcrumbs and olive oil to make the crusty topping and I’m sure these are always a hit! Thanks so much for sharing…


    1. Probabilmente non ci sono nei mari li da te. Comunque sembra essere sempre piu’ difficile trovare pesce fresco (e non di allevamento). Devi proprio cercarlo o vivere vicino al mare!


  2. I know it can be difficult to source fresh fish. Maybe there are other types of nice fresh fish where you live. Scallops are local fish in the UK.


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