Whether seared and served on a bed of greens, wrapped in bacon and broiled or mixed into a pasta dish, scallops can increase the flavor and nutritional content of your meal. The scallops on your menu might be caught in the wild or farmed, but regardless of their origin, they provide a valuable source of protein while giving you a number of vitamins and minerals.
There are two basic types of scallops: small, bay scallops and larger, sea scallops. The nutritional information for both is the same. One hundred grams of steamed scallops provides 111 calories and 20.5 grams of protein, as well as 426 milligrams of phosphorus, 314 milligrams of potassium and 667 milligrams of sodium. Scallops also contain vitamin A, B-12 and D, and small amounts of niacin and folate. If you're watching your caloric intake, avoid the breaded, deep-fried scallops that you see on restaurant menus. Per 100 grams, the caloric content is more than double that of steamed scallops.