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Try the Delicious Spanish Version of Coquilles Saint-Jacques

As is the case with many of you, we take travel seriously. Last fall, we travelled to Southern Spain—Andalucia for the first time, and thus my culinary inspiration for these delicious Coquilles Saint-Jacques with a Spanish flair – Vieiras de Santiago.

Once we know where we are going, the prep work begins. Markipedia and I have very different ways of doing this. He reads history books and novels set in our destination, studies maps obsessively, and attends many online lectures. I attempt to learn the language, read cookbooks, and make regional recipes to whet our appetite. Together, we cover all the bases to get ready and maximize our enjoyment as informed and respectful guests.

vieiras de santiago Spanish Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Vieiras de Santiago

David Scott Allen | Cocoa & Lavender
While both recipes (French and Spanish) contain scallops, mushrooms, and parsley, that is where the similarities end. The French version is creamy, cheesy, and flavoured with vermouth, while the Spanish version is lighter, featuring tomato sauce and breadcrumbs with a touch of brandy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 2 people


  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large Shallot minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 lb Bay Scallops or sea scallops cut into quarters
  • 2 tbsp Parsley chopped flat leaf
  • 1 tsp Thyme fresh leaves
  • 1 Dried Red Chili Pepper seeds removed, crumbled
  • Sea Salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups Button Mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tbsp Cognac or Brandy
  • 3/4 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Passata or tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1/3 cup Panko Breadcrumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the shallot until transparent. Add the scallops and cook over high heat for two minutes, stirring frequently. If the scallops give off too much liquid, remove them from the pan, evaporate the excess liquid, and return to the pan.
  • Lower the heat and sprinkle the parsley, thyme, chili pepper, salt, and pepper into the pan. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Poor in the Cognac and flambé. When the flames subside, remove the scallops and mushrooms and divide them among four individual scallop shells or casseroles.
  • Add the wine and tomato passata to the skillet and boil. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes uncovered.
  • While the sauce reduces, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat and add the panko breadcrumbs. Cook until the breadcrumbs turn golden.
  • Pour the reduced sauce over the scallops and top with the bread crumbs; bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.


Best served with a green salad. Can be served as main course (2 people) or first course (4 people). 
Keyword Scallops, Seafood Recipes
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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