When it comes to buying scallops, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
1. Fresh scallops should be firm to the touch (like a pork chop) and dry. If you spot wet and shiny scallops or they wobble easily when picked up, they’re past their prime.
2. Size is very important. U/10 is a measurement that stands for “under 10 per pound.” You want your scallops to be about this size, which means each individual scallop will be approximately 1.5 to 1.75 ounces.
3. Here’s the trickiest one: If it smells like a scallop, don’t buy it. A fresh scallop should smell like clean saltwater or seaweed, never fishy.
To get even more tips, watch the video below -- it will teach you everything you need to know before you head out to the fishmonger.