Nantucket Bay Scallops at Ocean House in Croton


I was talking to Brian Galvin on the phone the other day, and he was telling me he’s so excited that Nantucket Bay Scallops are in season again. He’s right: they are just a jewel of a fish, so sweet, with a velvety texture.

“I love them — they’re delicious” he told me. “I eat them raw. They’re so sweet… they’re like candy.”

Brian will be preparing them as specials three different ways (but not on the same night) throughout the season, which can go until March, depending on the weather.

So if you head to Ocean House, you might find them simply sauteed wiht pine nuts, pancetta, extra virgin olive oil, lemon and fresh sage; or in a ceviche with lime juice, coconut milk, cilantro, red onion and jalapeno; or sauteed with butter and served over an autumn salad with julienned apple, shaved fennel, baby greens and walnuts with an apple cider vinaigrette.

(The apples and the cider, by the way, will come from Thompson’s Cider Mill, which Brian recently visited after learning that owners Geoff Thompson and Liz Bracken-Thomspon are customers at Ocean House!)

So head over to Ocean House to try one of these — and if you have your heart set on one particular special, call first to see if Brian is offering it that evening.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Jeff — I was just generalizing. I do indeed know that scallops are not truly fish, but shellfish — or bivalve mollusks if you’d like me to be very specific.

  2. thanks liz for clearing that up and thank you so much for the mention alot of people came this weekend who saw the post it was very busy sold alot of bay scallops!!

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