Cooking Shellfish

Scallops, clams, oysters and shrimp become opaque and firm when fully cooked. Don’t overcook as this will result in loss of moisture which affects texture and taste.


  • Place shrimp and scallops in a large pot of boiling water (4 cups of water per pound of meat)
  • Let simmer 3 to 5 minutes.


  • Scallops as well as shrimp that has been peeled and deveined will cook in 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Rock shrimp cook in about half the time of regular shrimp, so watch closely.
  • Shucked clams and oysters will cook in 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Seafood with lower fat content – like shrimp, scallops, clams and oysters – should be basted when cooked with a dry heat method such as broiling or baking.


  • Pan-fry or sauté
    Shucked oysters and clams for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Shrimp and scallops for 7 to 9 minutes.

Deep Fry

  • Breaded oysters, shrimp, scallops and clams until golden brown in oil that is approximately 365° F.


  • Shrimp and scallops cook in 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Oysters and clams should be steamed until their shells open completely.