Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics

Easy Coquilles Saint Jacques

  • prep time70 min
  • total time 70 min
  • serves 6

A simple take on French bistro-style scallops.

229 Ratings
Directions for: Easy Coquilles Saint Jacques


8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided

¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups seafood stock or clam juice

1 cup heavy cream

½ tsp curry powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup small-diced shallots (4 large)

12 oz cremini mushrooms, caps brushed clean, stems discarded

¼ cup Cognac or brandy

1 ½ cups fresh bread crumbs

¼ cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

5 oz grated Gruyère cheese

¼ cup good olive oil

2 lb(s) fresh bay scallops, drained, side muscles removed


1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF and place six (1 1/2-cup) gratin dishes on 2 sheet pans.

2. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Add the seafood stock and whisk until it is smooth and thickened. Whisk in the cream, curry powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

3. Heat the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a large (12-inch) sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until tender. Slice the mushroom caps 1/2 inch thick, add to the shallots, and cook for 8 minutes, stirring often. Add the Cognac and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and set aside.

4. Combine the bread crumbs, parsley, Gruyère, and olive oil in a medium bowl and stir to moisten the crumbs. Set aside.

5. Add the mushrooms to the cream sauce. Add the scallops and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, mix well, and divide among the gratin dishes. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly on top and bake for 20 minutes, until the scallops are cooked and the sauce is lightly browned and bubbly. Serve hot.

Tips and Substitutions

Special equipment: six (1 1/2-cup) gratin dishes

Source and Credits

"Make it Ahead" by Ina Garten © Clarkson Potter 2014. Provided courtesy of Ina Garten. All rights reserved.

See more: French, Main, Seafood, Shellfish

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