French Recipe for Coquilles St. Jacques

March 14, 2024  |  By Peg Kern
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Here is a recipe from the fabulous region of Normandy. Seafood is always popular in this northern region due to its extensive coastline, but it is also prime grazing country, resulting in delicious dairy products. This classic French recipe combines both components into one delicious dish.

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Coquilles St. Jacques  Recipe for Coquilles St. Jacques

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Cook method: Simmer


  • 16 large scallops, shucked and thoroughly cleaned
  • 4-6 leeks (white part only) sliced into rounds
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • Butter and olive oil for sauteing
  • 1 cup of crème fraîche
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives
  • Optional: ‘Fleurons’ (a crescent-shaped puff pastry garnish)

Chef Sinead in her Normandy kitchen  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Add the garlic, then the leeks. Cook them gently for about 15 minutes, taking care not to burn them. (If you like you can add a little grated carrot for color).

2. Put the lid on the saucepan, so that the garlic and leeks steam gently.

3. Add the cream, salt and pepper, mix thoroughly, and heat gently (do not let boil).

4. Slice the scallops horizontally (they’ll cook more quickly). Melt some butter and a drop of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the white part of the scallops, cooking gently over a low heat only for a couple minutes. Quickly add the roe (the orange part of the scallop) and cook for 1 minute more.

5. In the meantime, reheat the ‘fleurons,’ if you are using them, in a medium oven.

6. Stir the scallops into the leek and cream mixture. Add some chopped chives.

7. Serve the scallops with basmati rice, and the fleurons placed on top.

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