Baked bay scallops with butter beans and peas is made from pantry and freezer staples, which makes it a perfect quick dinner during quarantine times. (Linda Gassenheimer / TNS)

Baked bay scallops with butter beans and peas is made from pantry and freezer staples, which makes it a perfect quick dinner during quarantine times. (Linda Gassenheimer / TNS)

Keep frozen bay scallops on hand for a sweet quarantine dinner

The dish can be ready to eat in less than 15 minutes — even including the time to defrost the shrimp.

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

By Linda Gassenheimer / Tribune News Service

Keeping frozen bay scallops in my freezer has been a big help during these challenging times. They are always available for a quick dinner. They’re sweet-tasting and take only minutes to defrost in a bowl of cold water.

The side dish for this quick dinner also uses ingredients from my freezer, frozen peas and butter beans. “Butter beans” is a name given to small white or pale green lima beans. They’re sold dried, canned and frozen. Using frozen vegetables, this meal can be ready in less than 15 minutes.

Helpful hints:

■ Any type of breadcrumbs can be used.

■ Canned butter beans, rinsed and drained can be used instead of frozen.

■ Baby lima beans can be used instead of butter beans.

■ A quick way to chop chives is to snip them with a scissors.


■ Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

■ Prepare and bake scallops.

■ While scallops bake, make peas and butter bean salad.

Shopping list:

To buy: 1 package frozen bay or baby scallops, 1 container panko breadcrumbs, 1 package frozen peas, 1 package frozen butter beans, 1 bunch fresh chives, 1 bottle olive oil spray, 1 bottle reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing.

Staples: butter, salt and black peppercorns.

Baked bay scallops

Olive oil spray

¾ pound bay or baby scallops

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup Panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a small baking dish (about 7 inches in diameter) with olive oil spray. Add the scallops and spread out over the dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cut butter into small ¼- to ½-inch pieces and scatter over the scallops. Spoon breadcrumbs over the scallops completely covering them. Make sure the oven is at temperature and add the baking dish. Bake 10 minutes, checking to make sure the breadcrumbs do not burn. They should be golden.

Makes 2 servings. Nutrition per serving: 433 calories (25% from fat), 12.1 grams fat (4.5 grams saturated, 3.6 grams monounsaturated), 70 milligrams cholesterol, 35.8 grams protein, 43.4 grams carbohydrates, 2.5 grams fiber, 730 milligrams sodium.

Peas and butter bean salad

1½ cups frozen peas, defrosted

1 cup frozen butter beans, defrosted

2 tablespoons reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped chives

Place peas and butter beans in a medium-size bowl. Add the dressing and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Sprinkle chives on top.

Makes 2 servings. Nutrition per serving: 165 calories (9% from fat), 1.7 grams fat (0.2 grams saturated, 0.4 grams monounsaturated), 1 milligrams cholesterol, 9.4 grams protein, 29.2 grams carbohydrates, 8.4 grams fiber, 51 milligrams sodium.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over 30 cookbooks, including her newest, “The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook.” Listen to Linda on and all major podcast sites. Email her at

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