Scallops au Gratin

Mar 12, 2021


  • 2 tbsp melted salted butter, or as needed, divided
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • pinch cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • pinch kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 8 Butcher Atlantic sea scallops
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped tarragon
  • 2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese


Step 1

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Brush 2 small gratin dishes with 1 tablespoon melted butter.

Step 2

Whisk creme fraiche, white wine, lemon zest, cayenne pepper, and kosher salt together in a bowl until sauce is smooth. Place scallops in sauce and toss to coat; let sit until flavors begin to blend, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Divide scallops between prepared gratin dishes and pour remaining creme fraiche sauce over the top. Top with tarragon and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle remaining butter over the top.

Step 4

Bake in the preheated oven for 4 minutes. Increase oven setting to broil and continue cooking until scallops are golden brown, slightly springy, and opaque, 2 to 4 minutes more.


Serve with French bread for dipping, don't leave any of the delicious sauce behind!