Q is for Queenies

On the Isle of Man they have a delicacy called Queenies. I have never tried them, but when I get to the island it will be one of the first things I’m going to taste. What are they? They are Queen Scallops also called Manx Queenies. The scallops are fished around the island starting in June, locally processed and sold either fresh or frozen.

There are many ways to cook Queenies and doing a quick Google search I found several resources. Mind you, I live in the USA so I have not tried Queenies, nor any of these recipes. I just picked ones that tickled my taste buds. Here are just a few:

  • The Fish House– Not only do they have recipes, they also have a post where you can learn more than you ever wanted to know about Queenies.
  • In the Gentleman’s Journal’s Recipe of the Week you will find a tasty sounding recipe. I may try this for our sorry selection of locally frozen scallops. The sauce might make them edible.
  • The Manx Voice has a great recipe that might be difficult to make in the USA, but anyone who has access to Stilton cheese might like this one.
  • One last one uses Aryshire Bacon which is made in Scotland. This recipe caught my eye because of BACON. Everything is divine with bacon – everything. I am sure that the Aryshire bacon can be substituted with any type, just like the scallops, but be aware – it just won’t be the same.

Cooking tip:  Don’t overcook Queenies. It only takes 4-5 minutes to reach perfection (maybe even less). Remove them from the heat quickly to prevent further cooking. If you find you have over done them? All I can say is, enjoy your rubber hockey pucks.

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This post inspired by – Q

R is for Ramsey