February 26th, 2009

10-Minute Lemon Thyme Scallops

We introduced fish early on in Isaac’s eating adventures. Partly it’s a matter of culture. I’m Greek and fish was a staple of my diet growing up. But it’s also a matter of health. Fish contain all 9 essential amino acids, making it one of a few sources of complete protein. Great! Not great? Figuring out which are safe to eat.

Low in mercury? Overfished? Wild or farmed? Choosing fish has become a complicated affair. And when cooking becomes complicated, it’s less likely to happen. So, at the very least, I force myself to regularly make one of my seafood staples: Pacific wild salmon or scallops.

Scallops are actually a mollusk but, like fish, they are a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids (and B12, magnesium, and potassium). They are also low in mercury and not overfished.

I used to make these scallops for me and Mike all the time pre-Isaac, but my ChowBaby can’t resist the buttery, lemony flavor. And I can’t resist the fact that we have what feels like a gourmet dish in all of 10 minutes.

10-Minute Lemon Thyme Scallops
(can be served to children 10+ mos*)

1 1/2 lbs scallops
1 tbsp organic butter
1 tbsp organic olive oil
2 tbsp fresh organic thyme
juice of 1 organic lemon

1. Put butter and oil in a pan over medium high heat. Just as they start to sizzle, add thyme. Saute the herb until it just starts to get crunchy. Be careful not to burn the thyme or over brown the butter/oil. You may need to lower the heat.

2. Add scallops. Do not over crowd, work in batches if you need to. Saute until nicely browned on one side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip them over.

3. After about 1-2 minutes, just as the second side starts to brown, add half of the lemon juice. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until the scallops are nicely browned all around.

4. Add remaining lemon juice and cook 1 more minute or so, until you have a nice sauce.

*There are varying opinions on when to introduce seafood. Fish and shellfish are among the top 8 allergenic foods, which is why some suggest waiting as long as 3 years to introduce seafood. But other experts agree that, if your child is food allergy free and there is no history of food allergies in your family, you can introduce fish as early as 9-10 mos. Speak to your pediatrician about what’s best for your child.

12 Responses

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  2. Jolene says:

    Hello! I found your blog via DailyCandy Kids and love it. We have a 21 month old son and are trying our darnedest to raise him as a foodie baby but the stumbling blocks along the way have proven to be less than delightful. I’m encouraged to hear that this is just a normal phase and am anxious to move on to the next one!

  3. stacie says:

    glad you found us! I totally understand–the picky phases are really hard. i just try to keep offering good, healthy food as i am able and remember that getting stressed just makes things worse. we want our kids to love mealtime! but easier said than done some days, right?!

  4. This looks great. I just made scallops for the first time for my 2-year-old. He was skeptical but took several bites, which is pretty good for the first try! Will have to try this recipe next.

  5. stacie says:

    excellent! and, by the way, we love your blog!

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  7. April says:

    I too, just found your blog thanks to Daily Candy Kids. My daughter is 8 months and just getting her fingers dirty, so this will be a great resource for me. I’m actually planning to make the scallops for myself and my husband tonight! Zoe can try them out in a few months.

    Stacie – I just read an article in a baby magazie (American Baby, I think?) about fish and how babies can eat low mercury fish (not shellfish) from 6 months on. Did you feed your kids fish that early? Just looking for another opinion.

    Thanks! I have bookmarked you and will be a regular reader!

  8. michelle says:

    glad you found us, susan. i’m dying to try stacie’s scallops too.

    i started giving atticus fish around 8 months since i didn’t have any family fish allergies–but was still a slightly cautious first-time mom. i’d probably be more daring the next time around.

    let us know how it goes.

    michelle

  9. stacie says:

    hi susan. like michelle, i waited til isaac was about 8 mos before giving him fish but would do it differently the second time around. we also don’t have a history of food allergies, which informs that thinking.

    either way, do what feels most comfortable. feeding your little one shouldn’t be scary or stressful! there are lot of delicious, nutritious options!

  10. april says:

    Just wanted to say the scallops were fantastic! love the sauce!

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