What You Need to Know About Oysters, Mussels and Scallops

Anyone who lives remotely close to the water knows the three are different. Everyone knows they’re dang delicious, but did you also know they’re in the same family as snails and sea slugs? Eeek. No matter how tasty, creepy or crawly, all of these creatures fall into the mollusk category. The main three are primarily harvested for delicious meals. Lucky us! Here’s everything you need to know before your next run-in with one of these delicacies:

First things First, the Flavors are Different

This is the most important and obvious difference, of course. While it’s super cool that one of them has eyeballs (keep reading, you’ll see), what we really care about in the kitchen is the distinct flavors that each one offers.


Gosh, we love a good oyster. They’re the most expensive out of the three, offer the most nutrients and can be served many different ways. The flavor of each oyster comes down to its size and where it was harvested.

Whether you broil them with butter and garlic or simply squeeze a lemon on one straight from the sea, oysters are a favorite from coast to coast. Fun fact — oysters are the greatest source of dietary zinc, which the body converts into testosterone. What does this mean, exactly? Oysters are a strong aphrodisiac, making them a favorite for romantic date nights.


All three have acquired textures, but the scallop is arguably the most strange. It sort of looks like a muscle and has the texture of a muscle…and guess what, it’s a muscle! The smooth, dense meat is light, sweet and boasts impressive health benefits.

The perfectly round delicacies are rich in B12, selenium, magnesium and a whole lot of protein. Order the Spicy Seafood Linguini at Palm Valley Fish Camp for all of the health benefits of scallops combined with all of the deliciousness of a great pasta dish.

Fun fact! Scallops have about 60 bright blue eyes lining their mantle. They use those baby blues to detect motion and light.


Mussels are a gourmet staple on menus around the globe. With the help of some white wine, butter and garlic, you’ll have a fabulous meal on your table in minutes. Besides the substantial amount of butter and wine typically used to prepare them, mussels are really a healthy dish.

Try a twist on the traditional preparation with the Fish Camp’s Mussels Marinière. Not only do you get the same impressive amount of B-vitamins, protein, selenium and zinc, but you avoid the high calories of mussels swimming in a butter broth. Win, win.

Sample all Three at Your Local Fish Camp

We have a special place in our hearts (and on our plates!) for shellfish at Palm Valley Fish Camp. In the mood for dinner with a view to try out these three classics? Come on by the Fish Camp this summer for lunch or dinner. Make a reservation here to guarantee you get your favorite table.

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