The Fresh Fish & Seafood Market at Dave's
Fresh Scallops in RI
The Other White Meat
Is there anything more of a treat than popping a sweet white morsel of seafood heaven into your mouth? The scallop is King Neptune's jewel, and you are among the luckiest seafood lovers. Why? Because you live on the East Coast, where most scallops come from. Harvested primarily from Canada to Virginia, we at Dave's prefer to buy our scallops from the c-c-cold waters of the North Atlantic, around George's Bank.
Shopping for Fresh Scallops in RI
Sea scallops can be up to 2 inches in diameter, while bay scallops are smaller. What should you look for when shopping scallops? An ivory or creamy color is better than stark white, which could indicate the scallop's been overly bleached with phosphates.
Did You Know?
- Scallops are priced according to a numeric size, such as 10-20, 20-30 or 30-40. The number range tells you how many scallops it takes to make a pound, so the smaller the number, the bigger the scallop.
- Most scallop fishing grounds are far offshore, and it's possible for boats to be "out" for days. Scallops can't survive long out of water, so they're usually shucked right on the boat and kept chilled. Boats that fish closer to land can make same-day deliveries, and those catches are called "day boat" scallops.
- Be glad you live on the East Coast, where most scallops come from! West Coast fishermen sometimes use phosphates, which means scallops are soaked in water and can be up to 25% "heavier" by weight. The USDA has strict phosphate guidelines in place, but thankfully, this is not an issue with processors on the East Coast because we're so close to "the source."
- Alaskan scallops can be fresh if you're dining in Anchorage, but of course, if they're making the journey east, they must be frozen! The good news is, they're frozen right at sea and are "chemical free" with no phosphates used in processing them. The Alaskan Weathervane scallop is particularly large!
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Partners at Our Seafood Shacks
- The Town Dock, Galilee, RI
- American Mussels Harvesters, North Kingstown, RI
- Boston Sword & Tuna, Pt. Judith, RI fishing boat
- Kyler's Catch Seafood Market, MA
- Machia's Bay Maine Steamers, ME
- Newport Lobster, RI
- Point Judith Fisheries, RI
- The Boston Seafood Market
- The Iron Lady, RI fishing boat
- The Iron Maiden, RI fishing boat
- The Karen Elizabeth, RI