Canapes Recipe, Sea Scallops, and Pineapple

What are the different types of Sea Scallops?

Sea Scallops in the 1/2 shell on ice.
Frozen Scallops in a bag.

Sea scallops vary in size depending on where they grow and live or are farmed, the water temperature, the sea current, and the health of the water system they grow up in.

Making some delicious Canapes when friends are coming over, for Christmas or a holiday can be a great way for friends and family to gather around in the kitchen and have a few drinks while creating some wonderful bite-size.

How many delicious scallop canapes to make?

The 1st thing you need to do as with most recipes is decide on how many pieces or portions of this Canape you need.

For a bar snack or starter, I would serve 3 pieces per person.

That could be 3 of the same canape recipe as in a starter/appetizer or 3 different canapes as in an event before a wedding or function.

For a canapes finger food party I would serve 8-10 canapes in total, for a 2-3 hour event. So I would work on 2 of each canape for that amount of time. So 2.5 hours = 150 minutes, which would work out to 1 canape every 12 to 15 minutes, as a guide. I would serve one hot and then one cold for variety and make it easy for the cooks.

Then you can prepare all the individual components. This is called mise-en-place or things in place, a cooking term. (have all your ingredient cut, measured, peeled, sliced, grated, weighed, and organized in a good workflow, or things in place)

So work out your number of guests, and how many canapes per guest and enter that number into the recipe calculator below.

1st step is to prepare the garnishes.

Next, we need to prepare the leek, carrot, celery, and Spanish onion julienne for pickling.

Julienne the vegetables and place them into some salad dressing to soften them. You just need a pinch for each canape to add some texture and colour. Use our recipe planner below to help with the ingredients estimations and food costs.

Cutting ingredients with a pastry cutter for consistency.

Use a small pastry cutter to cut the pineapple slices, which should be cut the same thickness as the black pudding and sea scallops. Here is an old 30mm or 1″ cutter that I used.

Round Canapes Pastry cutter

Cut a round pineapple slice and stack it on a tray ready for cooking.

Slice the black pudding and sea scallops, of the same thickness.

To cook the canapes, start by cooking the black pudding, then the pineapple and then the sea scallops. For large quantities, I would use a baking sheet and a very hot oven or grill.

Stack your canapes and garnish, and serve immediately.

Attention to detail may not matter much if you are just having a relaxing afternoon with some friends in the kitchen, but it matters when you are catering for a wedding or upmarket function. That is why we created the recipe app below, to help with planning and food cost estimates.

Canapes ideas for the holiday season.

Serving canapes at your next event is a great idea. It does take a little more effort, but on the positive side, you can calculate how many canapes you need in advance. Then you just get someone to walk around the party with a nice tray handing out the canapes, very posh.

Canapes are not really very expensive.

Making and serving canapes for serving at cocktail parties, as a snack or over a few hours in really not that expensive. Most of the canapes we are listing on this website cost around a dollar each or even less. So if you make 10 canapes for each guest then it should cost around $10 per person.

The actual cost can be much higher when people over-cater or over-order stock and ingredients because they did not use a recipe planner.

How to cook the Scallops.

For a dish like this, I would quickly saute the black pudding and the pineapple and stack them, then I would saute the scallops in a hot pan very quickly, wearing gloves to make it easy to handle the scallops.

Sauteeing Scallops in a hot pan.

I would place the scallops on the readily cooked black pudding and pineapple and serve them straight away.

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You must check the labels of the ingredients for common food allergens, such as dairy, eggs, gluten & wheat, sesame, sulphites, lupins, soy & soybeans, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish. While we take steps to minimize risk, manufacturers may change their formulations without our knowledge.

Skill Level Cook
Standard Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 6 minutes
Plating up 1 minute
Standard Total Time 8 minutes
Cuisine Australian
Dollar Range $1.00 – $2.00
Food Cost $1.57 per canape


  • 1 Scales digital
  • 1 Chef's Knife
  • 1 pastry cutter round, small, 35-38 mm or 1.5 inches
  • 1 none stick pan heavy duty


  • 12 g black pudding small slice
  • 12 g pineapple round slice
  • 3 g butter for sauteing scallops
  • 12 g scallop sliced in half or small
  • 2 g leek julienne
  • 2 g carrot julienne
  • 1 g lemon zest julienne
  • 1 g snow pea sprouts cut short
  • 10 mg sesame seeds black
  • 1 each skewer twisted/knotted


  • $1.57 total ingredient cost


  • 1 minutes approximately

total food cost

Total Ingredient Cost $1.57 a piece


Catering for 1 serving


  • Peel, wash, peel and slice the vegetable garnishes and put them into some salad dressing or pickle.
  • Prepare the black pudding, scallops and pineapple slices.
  • Organise your garnishes, skewers, pans, grill or hot plate ready to cook.
  • Cooking large quantities on a bbq, how oven or grill is better.
  • Cook the black pudding 1st, then the pineapple and stack them ready to serve.
  • Then cook the sea scallops, they should be just seared on a very hot pan, and stack them on the pineapple and black pudding. Secure with the skewer.
  • Top the canapes with your vegetable garnish and a sprinkle of black sesame seeds.

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Cookery tip; You could also lay the scallops on some buttered toast and just sprinkle crisp crumbled black pudding or chorizo over the cooked scallops.

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Serving: 39gCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 411IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 2mg
Keywords Black Pudding, Canapes, Scallops
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