National Baked Scallops Day | March 12
(Last Updated On: March 7, 2023)


March 12th celebrates National Baked Scallops Day and a popular delicacy, the scallop. 


Scallops are a cosmopolitan family and can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source.

There are two fleshy parts of the scallop that are usually sold at the market for human consumption. The adductor muscle is the white medallion of meat which is rich and sweet. This is the piece that is most familiar as the  “scallop” we see on a menu.

There is also the coral or the roe which can range in color from pale coral to bright orange. This crescent-shaped piece is usually discarded before the scallop is sold at market because it may contain toxins. However, sometimes it is sold attached to the adductor muscle. It is bitter and some say it cuts the richness of the rest of the scallop.

These meaty mollusks are very low in fat and are deliciously prepared in a variety of ways.  Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking this lean, white seafood.

Restaurants serve baked scallops as both an entree and an appetizer. However, if you enjoy them enough, have one as your starter and then an entree, too!


Scallops can be a little tricky to bake. However, with practice, anyone can master them. And they’re so delicious. Invite friends and family to enjoy them with you. You won’t be disappointed!

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National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this tasty seafood holiday.

Baked Scallops FAQ

Q. Do baked scallops have to be served in the shell?
A. No. There are a variety of ways to bake scallops.

Q. How many calories are in scallops?
A. There are approximately 95 calories in a three-ounce serving of scallops.

March 12th Celebrated History


Juliette Gordon Low found the Girl Scouts of America when she organizes the first Girl Scout troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia.


Inventor and radio pioneer Lee De Forest demonstrates synchronized music and film through his invention called Phonofilm for the first time. The film included musicians playing and dancers, though no voice was included with the film.


Following unanimous confirmation by the Senate on March 11th, Janet Reno is sworn in as the first female Attorney General.

March 12th Celebrated birthdays

Clement Studebaker – 1831

As a blacksmith, Clement Studebaker went into business in the mid-1800s with his brother Henry making wagons. By the end of the century, brothers Peter, Jacob, and John would join them to begin making automobiles. Clem would die in 1901 before the first Studebaker car sold in 1902.

Jane Means Pierce – 1806

The 15th First Lady of the United States is one of the more tragic figures of the White House. Despite having left Washington years before and much to her relief, the Democratic party pulled her back when they nominated her husband, Franklin Pierce, for president in 1852. He ran against Whig Winfield Scott, winning 254 electoral votes. On the way to the inauguration, their last surviving son, Benjamin Pierce, died at the age of 11 in a train accident. The couple’s first two sons had died in infancy and at the age of four respectively.

Charles Cunningham Boycott – 1832

When a community in Ireland ostracized Captain Charles Boycott for his role in a land war, his last name came to mean a voluntary avoidance of commercial or social entities as a means of protest.

Hall Johnson – 1888

During the Harlem Renaissance, Hall Johnson was known for composing and arranging African-American spirituals. He also coordinated several choirs.

Jack Kerouac – 1922

The American author is best known for his novel On the Road published in 1957. He wrote several more, including The Town and the City, The Dharma Bums, and Big Sur.

Walter Schirra – 1923

Walter Schirra was selected as one of the original seven astronauts for NASA’s Project Mercury. His first space mission to place on October 3, 1962, when he piloted the space capsule Sigma 7.

Liza Minnelli – 1946

The legendary and award-winning performer followed in her mother’s footsteps with stage and screen stealing performances. Best known for her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Minnelli’s career spans more than sixty years of stellar music and encore performances.

James Taylor – 1948

Since 1970, James Taylor has been producing hit music to popular and critical acclaim. He won his first Grammy Award in 1971 for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his song “You’ve Got A Friend,” and since then has earned four more.

Notable Mentions

Edward Albee – 1928
Virginia Hamilton – 1936
Frank Welker – 1946
Naomi Shihab Nye – 1952

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