Scallops

Using a caviar rating of Basic to Beluga, we’re proud to have world class scallops way up at the Beluga end of the scale. North East Atlantic scallops from the Irish Sea benefit from the deep clean waters of the coast of Northern Ireland. The quality of our King Scallops can be seen in the size of the roe and of the scallop themselves. And this is what is important. The scallop is a luxury dish, size and flavour matter. No need to add water or suffer cooking shrinkage with the Northern Irish scallop!

We also hope they taste better knowing that you have bought them from our fishing co-operative. Because we harvest them, land them, process them, sell them and distribute them without middle-men, we are able to put more money back direct back into our fishing communities.

 

Queen Scallops [‘Queenies’] | Aequipecten opercularis

The queen scallop is a medium-sized species of scallop, an edible marine bivalve mollusc in the Pectinidae family. It is found in the northeast Atlantic and is important to our fisheries here in Northern Ireland. At about 7 cm (3 in) in size, this is one of the smaller scallop species. The queen scallop feeds on a diet of plankton, and is commonly found up to 40 m (130 ft) below mean sea level, although it has been known to exist up to 400 m (1,300 ft) below sea level. This species is distributed from Norway south to the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean and is common in the North Sea on beds of sand and gravel.

 

King Scallops [‘Kings’] | Pecten Maximus

The pecten maximus has a variety of names. The most common names are the great scallop, king scallop, St James shell (Saint Jacques in France) or escallop. We harvest the North East Atlantic species of the scallop, found in the Irish Sea off Northern Ireland. It is an edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusc from the Pectinidae family, that tastes absolutely WONDERFUL!

Where can I buy king & queen scallops in Northern Ireland?

Where can I buy Northern Irish scallops outside Northern Ireland?

Wholesalers click here
Chefs/eateries click here

Public: Depending in where you are and the order size, we might be able to courier them to you. Find out more at the Sea Source Seafood Shop

Scallop processing in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland

We are so proud to be the custodians of such a genuinely world class scallop here in Northern Ireland. But like anything precious, great care has to be taken in the processing of it to ensure that it reaches the plate in the optimum condition to give you that phenomenal flavour and taste. So we have trained and developed skilled scallop processors who can shuck a scallop with precious and care. This is why we are proud to be able to guarantee you a world class scallop, every time.

Scallop shucking by our team in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland:

Irish Sea King Scallop | Recipes

We often hear people not buying scallops because they don’t know how to cook them. We can say ‘It’s easy!’, but until you give it a go and see how easy it is, you might struggle to be persuaded. But give it a go you must. 2 minutes on each side on a really hot griddle/pan and they are done.  It really is as simple as that. Make a succulent sauce to go over the top and you’re there, fine dining, world class cuisine, in your kitchen! In our recipe section we  have a few scallop recipes donated by chefs who support our fishing co-operative and friends of Sea Source and our site – kitchen ninjas who have created a scrumalicious treat and have shared it so you can have a go too. The key to the best scallop dishes are the biggest, freshest scallops you can buy. That’s where we come in. Once you have them, it’s down to your culinary skills. So give it a go and  if you create a stunning culinary masterpiece (or are just proud of your achievements) then please share it with us – post it up on social media and tag with #seasourceNI and #NIseafood to bring it to our attention and to be put on the site. Enjoy! Head to the recipes section here >>

Our scallop fishing boats

Boat name | Zenith B470

Zenith is owned by the Nicholson family. It is based in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland and fishes for langoustine prawns, scallops and white fish in the Irish Sea and North East Atlantic off the coast of Northern Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

Our scallop fishing families

Family name | Nicholson

Martin Nicholson, pictured, has been harvesting scallops off the coast of Northern Ireland since he was a young man. Martin fishes from the fishing boat Zenith out of Kilkeel.