Baked Scallops with Garlic Panko

133 reader reviews / 3.85 stars average

A New England favorite, Bay scallops are tossed in butter and coated in a lemon and garlic panko topping then baked until golden and bubbly. 

baked scallops in dish

When my husband and I lived in Boston we would go out for seafood at least once a week, sometimes more. His favorite dishes are always the simplest – often a piece of scrod or haddock baked with butter and some sort of crunchy coating.

Panko Crusted Baked Scallops - a healthy seafood dinner recipe

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I decided to kick it up a notch and use bay scallops but really this recipe (like most of my recipes) is more of a method than a specific set of rules you must follow.

close up of baked scallops in a dish

The idea is simple – bay scallops are tossed in a little melted butter and lemon juice then baked with crispy panko and parmesan topping. If you can’t find bay scallops you can use shrimp, sea scallops or simply use a piece of fresh white fish.

Baked Scallops

If you’re having company over, these can be prepped ahead of time and simply tossed in the oven as your guests arrive. Sounds like it’s time to crack open the bubbly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What’s a good substitute for panko breadcrumbs?

If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs in your pantry, try substituting with gluten free matzo meal or almond flour.

What’s a good side dish for baked scallops?

Roasted veggies (like cauliflower or broccoli) are usually a good idea.

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Baked Scallops

Baked Scallops with Garlic Panko

133 reader reviews / 3.85 stars average
A New England favorite, Bay scallops are tossed in butter and coated in a lemon and garlic panko topping then baked until golden and bubbly.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 ½ pounds bay scallops
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • minced scallions or parsley (optional garnish)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and have one 8 x 8 baking dish or four small ramekins ready to use.
  • In a medium bowl, toss scallops with melted butter, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cayenne. Divide mixture evenly between ramekins or place in baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, mix together panko, parmesan and olive oil. Sprinkle mixture evenly on top of scallops. Bake until bubbly and scallops are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Garnish with scallions or parsley to serve.


Serving: 1gCalories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 10.2gProtein: 46.7gFat: 9.1gSaturated Fat: 4.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.7gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 764mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.5g
DID YOU TRY THIS RECIPE? Mention @thelemonbowl or tag #thelemonbowl! I would LOVE to see!

33 thoughts on “Baked Scallops with Garlic Panko”

  1. Delicious! I deviated a bit by omitting the breadcrumbs and serving over pasta with a little bit of arugula Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Bay scallops were on sale at my grocery, but I didn’t want to make a pasta or rice dish (as is usually recommended for bays), so I went searching for something else. This recipe is what I found. Being from New England, the cook-in-butter-with-breadcrumbs approach made sense. I cooked this last night, and it was incredibly easy and incredibly delicious. I thought it could easily be served with some linguini, too – or a crusty baguette to soak up the juices. But it was also perfect with asparagus on the side. Thank you!

  3. That was great. I used gluten free matzo meal instead of bread crumbs and crushed squeeze ginger instead of garlic. Even my kids loved it. My five year old has disliked all fish and seafood until this meal. He bravely tried it anyway and declared a love for these scallops. Thank you.

  4. I’m making this for my birthday dinner with steak and baked potato salad and garlic bread and chocolate cake for dessert(small portions!) It’s definitely a luxury item I make it every now and then as a special treat.

  5. Wow … just made your baked scallops & it’s soo good!

    I didn’t have any Panko breadcrumbs so I substituted almond flour & it worked great :)

    For some reason when I google healthy low carb meals your site always pops up with perfect meal ideas just loved your breakfast egg muffins and now this baked scallops … thank u!

  6. Delicious! This was my first scallops dish and is a winner! It was so tasty I had to have seconds. I’ll be making this for family at an upcoming get together. Thank you!

  7. Absolutely delicious! I served mine on a bed of pan toasted orzo, cooked in chicken broth and lemon juice till liquid was absorbed. Then sprinkled toasted garlic slices, pepper and Parmesan cheese on top, with a drizzle of olive oil and a small green salad. Scallops were definitely a 10 out of 10!

  8. Can I just tell you how amazing this dish was? You probably already know that! The only deviation I made was to halve the scallops and added shrimp. Scallops here were $17.99 a lb! Wowzers. So I did a 1/2 lb and defrosted some frozen shrimp. It was perfect! Thank you so much. I’m sharing the recipe on my blog. Christine

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