One method of making baked sea scallops uses scallops, butter, parsley, basil and salt and pepper to taste. A dab of butter is placed on each scallop, then the seasonings added before the scallops are baked for five minutes. Stir to coat the scallops, then cook for 20 minutes.
Another method involves bacon. Wrap each scallop in a section of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Add seasonings, such as salt and pepper, to taste. Preheat the broiler in the oven and line the scallops on a baking sheet. Bake for roughly 20 minutes until both bacon and scallops are fully cooked. Halfway through cooking, flip the scallops to ensure even cooking.
Lightly breaded baked scallops use butter, dry bread crumbs and seasonings. Mix the dry ingredients to create the breading mixture. Some seasonings that go well with these scallops include minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, parsley, onion powder and salt and pepper. Melt butter in a baking dish and place the scallops evenly within the dish and butter. Sprinkle the mixture of dry ingredients over the scallops and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Scallops that are cooked through all the way are firm to the touch and opaque in color. They also have an internal temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.