National Fried Scallops Day

National Fried Scallops DayNational Fried Scallops Day

Get the lemon and the butter ready to celebrate this succulent seafood dish for National Fried Scallops Day on October 2nd. The day kicks off National Seafood Month, so you can celebrate with an order of scallops all month long.

Scallops come in a wide variety of sizes and individual species all belonging to the Pectinidae. This variety not only means you have a choice of unique scallops to experience but also that these crafty mollusks are able to adapt to life in every ocean on earth. 

They have been around for at least 300 million years according to the fossil record and there is evidence that many ancient Indigenous cultures ate scallops regularly. Despite this longstanding use, the first written recipe for fried scallops doesn’t appear on recon until 1846 in Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book.

Scallops really took off in popularity in the 1920s and 1930s as more people immigrated to the U.S. and brought with them new styles of preparation that suited the sweet seafood. By the 1950s, scallops had become a delicacy served in famous French restaurants.

So whether you fire up the butter and oil at home or head out to your favorite seafood restaurant, make sure that scallops are on the menu on October 2nd to celebrate National Fried Scallops Day.

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