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Homosassa Crystal River Scalloping

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Homosassa / Crystal River Scalloping Florida


Discover: Florida Gulf Coast Scalloping

The summer is a great time to get out on the water and enjoy some of Florida’s natural treasures. One such treasure is Florida scalloping in Homosassa and Crystal River. These areas are known for their crystal-clear waters and abundance of scallops. If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly activity, this is it!

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Here’s what you need to know before you go Scalloping.

Scalloping is a type of shellfish that can be found in shallow, saltwater areas. They are often found near seagrasses or coral reefs. Scallops are filter-feeders, which means they strain small particles of food from the water around them. This makes for some pretty clean eating!

Old Florida - Homosassa & Crystal River

“Old Florida” – Crystal River / Homosassa Florida

“Old Florida” refers to the simpler and unspoiled charm of the state before extensive development. Homosassa and Crystal River in Florida embody the essence of “Old Florida” communities, retaining their rustic appeal and maritime heritage.

These coastal areas offer a genuine Florida experience with fishing, scalloping, and wildlife encounters, preserving the nostalgic charm of the past.

When is Florida Scallop Season?

Scalloping season in Florida runs from June 1st to September 24th.

During this time, you are allowed to harvest up to 2 gallons of whole scallops per person, per day. When out scalloping you will need some gear. This includes a mask, snorkel, and fins. A net is also helpful for collecting your scallops. And don’t forget a cooler to store them in!

Going Scalloping Homosassa Florida

Scalloping is Fun for Family Trips

Scalloping is a fun activity for the whole family. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. So, what are you waiting for?

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Florida Scalloping Tips & Guides

In Florida, what size scallops can I keep?

Scallops must be at least 2 inches in diameter in order to be harvested.

Where to find Florida Scallops

When you’re out on the water, keep an eye out for areas with lots of seagrass. Scallops often congregate in these areas. Once you’ve found a good spot, it’s time to start hunting! Use your hands or a small net to scoop up the scallops. Be sure to check the size restrictions before you harvest any scallops.

Once you’ve collected your scallops, it’s time to head back to shore and enjoy your catch!

Scallops can be grilled, baked, or fried. No matter how you choose to prepare them,

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Deep-fried scallops are a delicious treat.

Here are easy-to-follow steps for cleaning, preparing, and deep-frying them:

How to Deep Fry Scallops

Dry Batter Breaded Scallop Recipe and how-to

Dry Breaded Deep Fried Scallops - How-To Clean and Prepare Scallops


Fresh scallops
All-purpose flour
Salt and pepper
Breadcrumbs (preferably Panko breadcrumbs for a crispy texture)
Vegetable oil for frying (your preference)


Deep fryer or large, deep pot
Paper towels

Cleaning Scallops

Step 1:

Clean the Scallops

Rinse the fresh scallops under cold running water to remove any sand or debris.

Pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Dry scallops are important when attempting to bread them.

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Step 2:

Prepare the Dry Breading

In a dish, mix the all-purpose flour mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper, breadcrumbs. Add any additional spices for individual taste.

Tossing Scallops in dry bread mixture

Step 3:

Coat the Scallops

Toss rinsed and dried scallops into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.

Finally, place the scallop in the dish with your dry-batter mixture and toss gently to adhere the breading to all sides.

Ensure the scallop is evenly coated with batter.

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Step 4:

Preheat the Oil

Pour enough vegetable oil into the deep fryer or pot to submerge the scallops.

Heat the oil to 350-375°F (175-190°C).

Deep Frying Scallops

Step 5:

Deep-Fry the Scallops

Carefully lower the breaded scallops into the hot oil using tongs. Be cautious not to overcrowd the frying vessel; fry in batches if needed.

Fry the scallops for about 2-4 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Use the tongs to remove the cooked scallops from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

Deep Fried Scallops

Step 6:

Serve and Enjoy

Allow the deep-fried scallops to cool slightly before serving to avoid burns.
Serve the scallops with your favorite dipping sauce, such as tartar sauce or aioli.

Enjoy your delicious homemade deep-fried scallops!

Remember to exercise caution when working with hot oil and always follow safety guidelines when using a deep fryer or frying in a pot. Enjoy your tasty scallop dish!

Deep Fry Scallops - How-To Recipe

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Homosassa/ Crystal River Florida Scalloping | Tips & Guides
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