Skip to main content

Big Bend Seafood Rolls

Nothing fancy, simply delicious.

Seafood roll—Big Bend style—is summer comfort food, but you have to get to the scallop's zones on the west coast to catch your own.


In France, scallops are coquilles. And the classic French dish is coquilles St. Jacques. It's rich, fancy and usually served baked in large sea scallop shells to discriminating diners, some likely named Jacques. But here in Florida, all my friends named Jack pick their own scallops from our Gulf flats during the three-month season and frankly, they don't go in for fancy food. They'd prefer something simpler— and usually handheld—rather than something served atop fine linens and aside engraved silverware. That's where this picnic version of the classic French dish begins.

Our abundance of local seafood spoils us. And Florida bay scallops are perfect to feature in this simple seafood sandwich. And by simple, I mean a quick sauce surrounding seafood, mostly scallops, but with crabmeat and shrimp, and served in a simple toasted hot dog bun.

Seafood Rolls: Big Bend Style



(serves 4)





  • 1 pound Florida bay scallops


  • ½ pound shrimp (peeled, deveined and split horizontally)


  • ½ pound cooked lump crabmeat


  • 4 buttered and toasted hot dog buns, insides sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese


  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter


  • 1 large shallot, chopped


  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped


  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour


  • ½ cup white wine (the good stuff!)


  • 2 cups milk, warmed


  • ½ tsp. dry mustard


  • Salt and white pepper, to taste


  • Finely chopped chives




In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic. Cook until garlic is softened, then stir in the flour. Wisk in the wine and the warm milk and cook until the mixture thickens. Add the mustard, salt and pepper, then the shrimp and scallops, stirring until cooked through. Finally, add the crabmeat and heat briefly. Fill the rolls with the mixture and garnish with the chives. Serve with a dry white wine. Or if Jack's there, a cold beer! FS

First Published Florida Sportsman Magazine July 2016

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Florida Sportsman Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

Preview This Month's Issue

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Florida Sportsman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Florida Sportsman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Florida Sportsman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now