After a few evenings of fish and chips or baked salmon, sometimes at-home chefs aren’t sure what direction to take their serving up of seafood. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options out there, from the less healthy to the delicious and nutritious world of Alaska scallops. Perfect for serving up with pasta or even as the key ingredient to their very own dish, Alaska scallops are a wonderful alternative to the more conventional or typical seafood fare that people are used to enjoying at home. And best of all, those who aren’t particularly experienced in the kitchen will find that these recipes don’t require an excess amount of expertise to prepare well.

For the best basic scallops recipe, all that is really required is some butter and some garlic, with a few other ingredients for good measure. A classic baked scallops recipe involves combining breadcrumbs, garlic powder, paprika, and three cloves of minced garlic, then sprinkling that mixture over scallops and placing them in a well-buttered casserole dish. Bake that for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and a hearty and tasty meal will be ready for the whole family.

Any typical seafood pasta recipe that has been used countless times with shrimp can also be enjoyed with scallops, too. For those who aren’t interested in the ins and outs of really getting into all new dishes, just learn how to properly cook scallops to the desired taste and texture, and then toss than on top of a bed of angel hair pasta with a few other ingredients for good measure.

Alaska scallops also taste great seared. Combine half a cup of flour, two teaspoons of salt, half a teaspoon of dried thyme, half a teaspoon of dried organ, and two tablespoons of lemon pepper in a bowl, and then roll 16 sea scallops in the mixture until they are lightly coated on all sides. Next, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet on high heat, and add four scallops to the pan at a time, searing them on all sides (that’s about two minutes per side). Once all the scallops are done being seared, serve them with a squeeze of lemon and enjoy.

Looking for wonderful Alaskan Seafood recipes? Check out great meals to make for your family from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Check out the ASMI Facebook page for more information on Alaska Seafood!