Queen Scallops Recipe with Sauternes Butter Sauce

Queen scallops with sauternes butter

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Try this buttery scallop recipe from littlefrench, an intimate neighbourhood restaurant in Bristol serving sumptuous regional French recipes


Freddy Bird of neighbourhood restaurant Little French in Bristol says…“Not only are queenies incredibly sweet but their little shells mean they end up swamped in this delicious butter sauce. Ask your fishmonger to clean and prep the scallops in a half shell with the roes attached.’



  • queen scallops in the half shell 12-16, depending on size


  • garlic 1-2 cloves
  • sea salt flakes
  • unsalted butter 75g, softened


  • Sauternes 100ml
  • echalion shallot 1 small, finely diced
  • moscatel vinegar 2 tsp
  • unsalted butter 100g, cold and cubed
  • chives a few snipped to serve


  • Step 1

    For the garlic butter, use a pestle and mortar to pound the garlic with a pinch of sea salt flakes until smooth and creamy. Fold through the softened butter until evenly mixed. Alternatively, whizz the garlic and salt in a small food processor, then add the butter and whizz again.

  • Step 2

    In a small pan, simmer the sauternes, diced shallot and vinegar until reduced to about a tablespoon. Keeping the pan half on and half off a very low heat, slowly whisk in the cold butter, only adding more once the last piece has melted in, until you have a smooth, emulsified sauce. Season. (The pan should never reach a higher temperature than your hand can bear to touch – if it gets too hot it will split and you’ll have to start again.)

  • Step 3

    Heat the grill to high. Season and cover each scallop with garlic butter, then grill for 2-3 minutes or until charred and cooked through. Spoon over the sauternes sauce and sprinkle with chives before serving.

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 398
  • Fat 38.4g
  • Saturates 22.9g
  • Carbs 3.4g
  • Sugars 0.8g
  • Fibre 0.3g
  • Protein 9.7g
  • Salt 0.9g