I can't quite believe how simple yet luscious these are. I prefer to get my scallops from the fishmonger for this, which is just as well as I don't think I could ever get a supermarket to supply me with shells.
You don't need to take the corals off, but I like to turn this into two meals, and fry up the corals the next day, with some butter and garlic oil and eat them squished onto chunky bread or toast, and spritzed with lemon juice and carpeted with parsley.
These are really a starter, but I certainly wouldn't mind knocking a couple of shells' worth back for a special supper any day of the week.
Photo by Lis Parsons.
Recipe posted by Nigella