GET YOUR OYSTER ON BABY!

All the Ways to Get Your Oyster Fix On 

LET’S VISIT SOME OYSTER FARMS, WORK WITH THE LOCALS DURING HARVESTING AND STAY FOR LUNCH OR DINNER.

-SO MUCH FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY-

-Oyster Farming  101-

 

 

Hatching Baby Oysters

The life of an  Oyster starts in the early spring in a Hatchery, which sits in  warehouses on the shores of  US eastern coast bays. While most oyster farms buy generalist seed that’s good for their region.

Did you hear that? Oysters come from seeds.

Some farms grow oysters specifically bred by them to flourish in the bay waters. There’s only a dozen or hatcheries like this in the United States.

The air in the warehouse is hot and moist — perfect conditions for spawning. Oysters can’t spawn in shallow bays because it’s too cold. So at the start of the season, in the spring, the farm crew collects a few “really handsome devils” to bring back to the hatchery to spawn — they will spawn 7 or 8 times throughout the season.
Just like you would a horse or other livestock, you choose proven winners that have the traits that you’re looking for. The top hatcheries selection guidelines include, shell depth, meat content, growth rate, and disease resistance. Once they’ve collected the oysters they want to breed, the crew dumps them in large blue tanks full of warm water so they ripen and build up gamete. It can be helpful to put on some Barry White or Marvin Gaye to kick start tue process.
When the oysters are rarin’ to go, the crew moves them to a spawning tray where the oysters spew their gamete out into the water.  75 million free swimming larva will eventualy  become oysters!
From there the larvae move to one of six large tanks for a time,  when they’re the size of a dust particle, the process
really starts to get interesting: the oysters are ready to “set” and begin building their shell.
To do this, they need the teensiest bit of calcium carbonate to wrap themselves in. The old fashioned way to provide calcium carbonate to farmed oysters is to grind up old oyster shells into a fine micron powder, which you’d sprinkle into the puddle of larvae.
Oysters go through a metamorphosis, like a butterfly, it’s kind of a ‘bummer metamorphosis.’ They go from being a sweet larvae cruising  wherever it wants to an oyster that has a shell and sits in one place. 
With everything that Virginia Beach has to offer  oysters can stake a claim as one of the most unique vacation stops and eating experiences. 

The local delicacy, Lynnhaven oysters, were renowned by English settlers in the 1600s for their taste and being as big as dinner plates. After disappearing in the 1960s when the Lynnhaven River was temporarily closed to harvesting, they’ve made a healthy comeback over the last decade.

In general, the state is so famous for oysters it boasts eight distinct flavor regions. The governor declared November Virginia Oyster Month.  But you can enjoy these tasty bivalves year-round in Virginia Beach with a host of ways to satisfy your craving. Follow this guide and you’ll be eating oysters for breakfast, eating them fried, or eating them fresh from the water. Don’t forget your  your oyster knife,  it’s an entirely different experience to shuck them straight from the sea.

Our First Stop Is

The Pleasure House Oyster Farm

In Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

The Pleasure House Oyster Farm takes mollusk-enthused visitors on a boat tour down the Lynnhaven River to see how the oysters are farmed and allows for generous sampling of these salty-zingy treasures along the way.

The four-hour Waterman Tour is the most hands-on excursion offered, where true aficionados can slip on some gear and get knee-deep in the water to gather  bi-valves from the depths.

TOURS

Delight Your Senses Aboard an Oyster Farm Tour!

Whether you’ve already experienced a legendary Lynnhaven Oyster or have yet to take your first slurp, Pleasure House Oysters will delight your senses as you set out on the Lynnhaven River for an on-the-water experience unlike any other. See how Lynnhaven Oysters are harvested, all while snacking along the journey.

They offer 3 boat tours that are equally as entertaining as they are educational, providing a behind-the-scenes look through various oyster farms along the Lynnhaven River.

 

CHEF’S TABLE TOUR

This is a dining experience you won’t forget, as you stand in waders knees-deep in the Lynnhaven River at a table set up directly in the water at the oyster farm.

 

 This three- to four-hour dining experience begins with a boat ride to the Pleasure House Oysters Farm, where you’ll enjoy lunch or dinner with a significant other or up to a party of seven dining on Oysters pulled from the water beneath you. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bottle of beer or wine!

In between bites, explore the oyster farm, handle gear, pick up oysters and learn about the wildlife, waterways and natural surroundings that give the Lynnhaven Oyster its coveted and distinct flavor.
137.50 / person. Tax included. Minimum 2 people.

TASTING TOUR

Tailored for up to 14 people.

Learn about life on and in the Lynnhaven River and enjoy Pleasure House Oysters with your group while on the water.  

49.50 / person up to 14 people. Tax included. Minimum 4 people.

WATERMAN TOUR

For those looking for a more hands-on experience, the Waterman Tour includes the Tasting Tour plus the opportunity to get in the Lynnhaven.

 

Sport some water shoes and get knees-deep in the Lynnhaven River, while exploring the farm, handling gear and picking up oysters as well as crabs, eels and fish pots, when in season.

82.50 / person up to 14 people. Tax included. Minimum 4 people.

In 2010, NONESUCH began as a tiny oyster farm in a nature conservancy in Scarborough, Maine, just south of Portland. Today they are an award-winning …

 

Aa an award-winning, boutique oyster farm, their mission is to produce one of Maine’s best oysters and  have a positive impact on the local community.

They are located within a nature conservancy at Nonesuch Point in Scarborough, Maine, just south of Portland. The Scarborough River boasts a Grade A water classification due to its “outstanding natural resource waters.”  That’s why they have such great-tasting, and healthy oysters!

Already among Maine’s favorites, Nonesuch free range oysters are gaining recognition nationwide for their beautiful color, hard shell and bright, fresh, salty-sweet taste with hints of sea grass.

Nonesuch Oysters have been showcased on the menu at New York’s celebrated James Beard House  and at Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Nonesuch Flats

The Belon, otherwise known as the european flat or oestra edulis is considered one of the world’s most desirable oysters, no doubt due to its bold brininess, with what the French call a «noisette», or hazelnut, finish. They have  quantities of Belons available to share with the lucky participants of their oyster tours.

Nonesuch Specials: free range Maine oysters, green and clean

Abigail Pearls

The Abigail Pearls are raised in gear off the bottom of the waters and produce a smooth, delicate meat and an often snow white shell. Taste-wise they offer a similar estuarial mix of salt and sweetness but with more pronounced brine and distinct notes of sea-grass.

Nonesuch Maine Belons: free range Maine oysters

Nonesuch Emeralds

The classic Nonesuch Emeralds are finished, free range, on the bottom of the riverbed where they develop great shell consistency and a hearty rich meat with distinctive brown edges. Estuarial oysters,  have a fantastic balance of brine and sweetness with hints of earth. All oysters raised on the bottom are purged on the water’s surface for several days before taken to market to ensure a super clean oyster. 

 Oysters are the perfect embodiment of where it’s been grown. It’s all about the terroir,  surrounded by a watery wilderness of nutrient-rich saltmarshes and vast mudflats, fed by the fresh waters of Scarborough and Nonesuch rivers, and cleansed by the constant ebb and flow of the open ocean tides.

 Sign up for the Nonesuch Oyster Farm tour, which begins at the docks, where the owner Carroll keeps her seedlings growing in underwater cages. It’s a tough business, when seeded yearly expect to lose up to 50 percent of the crop by start of harvesting season. Today, Nonesuch also offers a line of sea-based skin products. 

The oyster farm is set up on a grid pattern, lines of bags stretching across some six acres of water. Buoys are named after New York City parks, Each line is named after a superhero. When taking the tour you may pass the Catwoman and Batman lines,  drifting among the sand bars, along the other strings of bags and bins. When the oysters are ready to harvest, typically after three years, they’re stored in floating gray bins, each containing about 300 oysters.

On average Nonesuch harvests 6,000-12,000 oysters a week from these bins, depending on the season, which are then sold to local distributors. Most end up at top restaurants throughout the Northeast.

Ed Jacobs, our captain tied up to a line and scooped a bucket of fresh, ready-to-eat oysters. He demonstrated the proper shucking technique. 

Beer and wine are allowed on these tours. they pair well with these delicious oysters. Thick, delicate meat, not too briny, fresh and tender, and eat as many as we want.

Slowly you will be  motored back to the dock, surrounded now by acres of newly-exposed mudflats.

The tide was receding. No wonder those oysters were so sweet. For more information, contact Nonesuch Oysters,

www.nonesuchoysters.com. Tours are about 1½ hours, $65 per person.

COUNT ME IN!  LET’S GO…

 

WHILE VISITING SCARBOROUGH MAKE SURE TO VISIT

 

SEA LIFE® Scarborough Tours Discover an underwater world filled with an array of marine creatures at SEA LIFE® Scarborough.

From a face-to-face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rock-pool experience, each step reveals something fascinating, making for a fun and educational activities for all ages, whatever the weather. The Basics Visitors to SEA LIFE Scarborough embark on a journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones, both inside and outdoors.

Observe penguins in their walk-through home, Penguin Island; visit the Turtle Rescue Centre and learn how turtles are rescued, rehabilitated, and released back into the wild; watch sharks, tropical fish, and a loggerhead turtle swim overhead in the Ocean Tunnel; meet sea stars and crabs in the interactive rockpool experience; and much more.

Things to Know Before You Go SEA LIFE Scarborough is a must-visit for families and animal lovers. The aquarium is fully wheelchair-accessible. There is a café on site, as well as picnic tables for those who bring their own food. Children’s play areas include a miniature golf course and adventure playground. How to Get There SEA LIFE Scarborough is located on the North Bay of Scarborough, a short walk from Scalby Mills Road, where you will find free, all-day parking.

From Scarborough Railway Station, you can catch bus 3A, which stops near the center. When to Get There SEA LIFE Scarborough is open seven days a week (except December 25 and 26), from late morning until late afternoon/early evening. During weekends and holiday periods, there may be a wait time to enter, especially during the aquarium’s busiest hours: 11 am to 3pm. Prebooking is advisable, as guests with prebooked tickets are guaranteed entry. Seal Hospital

The aquarium is home to Yorkshire’s only seal hospital, where every year more than 50 injured seal pups are nursed back to health so they can safely be returned to the wild. Visitors can see the current patients recovering in the Seal Hospital and watch them splash around in the rehabilitation pool. 

ABOUT $12 PER TICKET AND WORTH EVERY PENNY

-The Funds Go To Saving These Wonderful Creatures-

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Now Let’s Visit Island Creek Oysters’ Duxbury Farm Debuts a Waterfront Raw Bar

Address: 403-7 Washington St, Duxbury, MA 02332

 

Skip Bennett was raised in the Island Creek neighborhood of Duxbury in a family that has been a fixture here since the town’s founding in 1637.  The son of a lobsterman, Skip spent years working on our Bay digging mussels, razor clams, and steamers. After college in the early 1990’s he bought some of New England’s earliest clam seed from a hatchery on Cape Cod and decided to try his hand at growing quahogs—he was hooked.

After all of his clams died, he moved onto oysters. For eight years Skip was the only person growing shellfish in Duxbury Bay or anywhere near it.  He funded nearly a decade of trial and error out on the tide through the wild harvest of mussels and razor clams, and horseshoe crabs..  He devoted himself to a salt washed life with barely enough money to pay the bills, but he was his own boss and Duxbury Bay was his playground.

Eventually he was joined by Christian Horne from an oyster-farming family in Maine; by Don Merry, a longtime friend and owner of a local fish market; and by his father, Bill Bennett.  By 2000 the group finally began harvesting enough oysters to give it a go on a full-time basis. The ensuing years confirmed what Skip seemed to know all along, that the cold, turbulent, salty waters of Duxbury Bay produced an oyster that chefs the world over would come to revere.

Today Island Creek Oysters can be found as the house oyster at Thomas Keller’s sister restaurants The French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in New York City.  They have been revered by food critics such as Sam Sifton and R.W. Apple.  They have even been served at state dinners at the White House.

They are a vertically integrated farm dedicated to making an impact on today’s food systems and having a damn good time along the way.  They operate one of the only shellfish hatcheries in the northeast; a distribution company selling shellfish from over 100 farms to about 700 chefs around the country; a retail business serving thousands of home-shuckers online and at our shops in Duxbury and Portland, Maine; a restaurant group in the Boston area; and an international development NGO active in Haiti, Africa, and right here in Duxbury.

No matter how busy they get, the farm is at the heart of everything they do here at Island Creek. A muddy, windswept flat in Duxbury Bay is where it all started and where it will remain. Here in their  backyard they grow food- the kind that’s good for the people who eat it, for the people who grow it, and for the place where it is raised.  You will love eating these oysters as much as they love growing them.

Spend a day on a historic 11-acre property and experience the process of farming oysters directly at the source.

Your 2-hour tour will start with a walk through the halls of our hatchery where you’ll see first-hand how the process of growing oysters begins. Then you’ll climb aboard a 27-foot Carolina Skiff tour boat and ride out on Duxbury Bay to see where the magic happens.

Take in an eye and earful of history, lore and oyster gossip all the while being blasted with ocean air and filling up on freshly shucked oysters sourced directly from the waters beneath you – it’s farm to table at its essence. If you are feeling confident, our tour guide will even teach you to shuck an oyster like a pro.

Once your tour is over, you can make your way to the  bayfront raw bar, sit by the bonfire, enjoy the view and stay awhile. Their hope is you’ll leave Duxbury with a comprehensive understanding of our world of aquaculture, and have a darn good time doing it.

The scenic patio is now open with native shellfish, tinned fish, local craft beer, and more.

Oyster lovers can find Duxbury-grown Island oysters on menus from Boston to the Bay Area, but for the first time, now they can also slurp right at the source.

The open-air bar repurposed a former Clover food truck to prepare icy trays of oysters and clams on the half-shell, shrimp cocktail, and tinned fish platters, as well as caviar accompaniments. It has six draft lines pouring craft beer from the South Shore, Boston, and Rhode Island; plus two draft wines and other by-the-glass and bottles options, including large-format rosé. There are also a handful of canned cocktails.

“Island Creek is this strange manifestation of Duxbury’s maritime economy and its history, dating all the way back to the Pilgrims, and it’s an incredible contemporary version of it we’re living every day.

The oyster farm which also grows some clams, is once again located about an hour south of Boston.  It has since grown into one of the world’s most recognizable bivalve brands. It maintains aquaculture operations in Duxbury Bay, and has a distribution arm that partners with other small-scale aquaculture farmers to sell seafood directly to chefs. Nearly 12 million Island Creek Oysters are sold around the world every year, the company reports.

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LET’S STAY IN  MASSACHUSETTS

 

Chatham Maritime

Chatham Massachusetts lies on the elbow of Cape Cod. The influence of the cold rich waters of the north Atlantic to the east and the waters of Nantucket Sound to the south and west results in a generously rich environment of fish and shellfish habitat. Chatham Shellfish Company has the fortune of cultivating oysters in its environs to produce Cape Cods most desirable oysters.

 

TAKE A HANDS ON TOUR

 

Want to have a cool story to tell your friends about what you did while on vacation in Chatham? Cancel the whale-watch because something exciting and unique that they’ve been doing  at Chatham Shellfish Co. the last couple of years. Hosting private tours of their farm to groups of up to 12 people.

 

 

You will set out from the historic facility on Oyster River at Barn Hill Landing and proceed up the scenic river to Oyster Pond where they operate Chatham’s only oyster farm.

 

 

Once on the farm, they will educate you and your party on the painstaking work and elaborate process of farming oysters and teach you what it takes to bring these delicacies to your plate.

 

 

You will engage in harvesting your own oysters!

 

 

Concluding the tour of the cultivation process and traversing the lease site, you will head back for a private raw bar at the shanty where you will indulge in the freshest hand picked Chatham Oysters!

Rates for the Tour and Raw Bar are $100.00 per person with a minimum of 5 people.

Visit here for ticket information!

 

 

Available in a “regular” grade half shell market at 3 to 4 inches shell length, “petite” grade for the metropolitan half shell market at 2.5 to 2.75 inches and finally the “Golden Gorilla” grade for stews, roasts and frying at 5 plus inches these things are awesome plump oysters worth their weight in gold.

These grades of the Chatham Oyster are selected for their deep cup, round shape with a plump and rich meat.

The History of Chatham Shellfish Co.

Begun in 1976, Chatham Shellfish Company has been a revitalizing force of aquaculture in the region. Revisiting techniques of old, when oyster grants lined the Oyster River and Oyster Pond, and incorporating genuinely self-made technology we’ve forged a successful modern day shellfish farming venture.

 

 

Learn to Shuck Your Chatham Oysters!

 

Step 1

With cup down and hinge toward your body, hold oyster firmly in left hand and locate the seam of the two shells with blade and depress knife downward and into oyster. Do not pry.

Step 2

Sliding knife inward, keep tip raised against the bottom of the top shell, a wiggle back and forth while continuing to push knife into oyster will sever the adductor muscle from the top shell releasing the pressure to bottom shell.

Step 3

Pull back top shell toward hinge and remove. Any meat left on top shell should be severed and remain in bottom shell prior to removal. Remove any grit by sliding tip of knife blade along meat and flicking outward. Retain the liquor (juice).

Step 4

Slide knife under the oyster and sever bottom of adductor muscle as you pull toward the side and eventually up along contour of bottom shell (cup). Leave oyster meat in original position and serve.

 

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THE BEGINNINGS

 This farm was established in 1987 by the work of a dedicated marine biologist who believed that the only way to grow an oyster was to grow a great one. It took many years of trial and error, but by obtaining some of the most ideal growing areas on the Damariscotta River it appears she discovered the simple formula:     Place + Practice = a premium oyster.

 

Glidden Point Oyster Farms

NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED HERE TO TOUR

 

Glidden Point

Glidden Point

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Raised by Ryan McPherson, Glidden Points have been legendary for 25 years. They are bottom planted in the cold Damariscotta River and slow-grown, not harvested until 4 years of age, leading to a large, firm, strong-shelled oyster. They are one of the only oysters in the world hand-harvested by divers. One of the priciest oysters in the country, and one of the most prized.

Damariscotta

This tidal river in Maine is singled out from the rest of the state because so many oysters of such phenomenal quality are grown up and down its length. A tradition of bottom-planting took hold long ago on the Damariscotta, which results in slower growth, stronger shells, richer flavor, and more work for the growers, but it’s well worth it. Many consider the Damariscotta to be the ultimate destination for oyster lovers. See also Maine/NH Oysters

 

 

 

 

 

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Raw or Cooked, You’ll Crave Oysters After You See These 15 Scrumptious Recipes

Now that your mouth is probably already watering, we’ll stop talking oyster farming and start talking recipes. From the classic Oyster Rockefeller to a cheesy gratin, here are the most delectable ways to prepare some freshly shucked raw oysters.

15 DELECTABLE OYSTER RECIPES, FROM FRIED TO THE HALF SHELL

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER

 

Oysters Rockefeller is a classic oyster recipe. Created in New Orleans in the 1800s, the original recipe was supposedly so rich is was named after John D. Rockefeller.

While we may not have the exact original recipe, if you have spinach, butter, parmesan, Pernod, and of course oysters, then you can make this savory recipe.

Oysters Rockefeller

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 dozen oysters

Serving Size: 2 oysters per person

Ingredients

12 fresh oysters, shucked

2 tbsp salted butter

1 small shallot, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons Pernod

1 cup heavy cream

4 cups spinach, rough chopped

salt & pepper to taste

3/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

INSTRUCTIONS

Arrange shucked oysters on a baking tray while you prepare the topping.

In a medium skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and saute until translucent.

Turn off the flame and add the Pernod. Turn the heat back on and simmer until most of the alcohol is evaporated. (If you’re feeling bold you can flambe it, but stay safe!)

Next add the heavy cream. Simmer until it is reduced to about 1/2 cup and is thickened.

Toss in the spinach and cook until wilted.

Add about 1/3 cup of the grated cheese.

Spoon a tablespoon of the mixture over each oyster.

Top with the remaining cheese.

Turn your broiler to low heat. Broil for about 3 minutes until cheese is browned and the oysters are cooked through.

OYSTER STEW

 

What better to pair with your oyster crackers than an oyster stew! Perfect for a chilly day, this easy creamy oyster stew has a handful of spices, sauteed onion, garlic, parsley, milk, and oysters all in one warming, flavorful bowl.

OYSTER STEW RECIPE

YIELD: 4
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 30 MINUTES

This savory oyster stew is the perfect food for a cold night.

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons butter

1 large onion, finely diced

2 garlic cloves

1/4 teaspoon red pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

6 cups whole milk or half and half

1 teaspoon dried parsley

16 ounces fresh raw oysters, undrained

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat butter over medium heat in heavy bottom 3-quart saucepan. Add diced onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Grate in garlic (or mince), continue to saute for another 1-2 minutes, being watchful to not burn garlic. Add red pepper, paprika, salt, black pepper, stir to toast about 1 minute.

Drain oysters and reserve liquid (oyster liqueur).

Reduce heat to low, add milk, parsley and oyster liqueur.

Cook over low heat until mixture is hot and beginning to steam, and bubbles just start to appear around the edge.

Do NOT allow to come to a boil. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add oysters and continue to cook over low heat until oysters begin to curl on edges.

Chef’s Note: If you can’t get fresh oysters, opt for oysters packed in water, not smoked.

Buffalo Fried Oysters

 

Fan of buffalo wings?

Try these Buffalo Fried Oysters. Oysters are marinated in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, battered, fried, then topped with Frank’s butter sauce.

A stunning appetizer, Buffalo Fried Oysters are a unique twist to the classic Buffalo wing.
Excerpted from Cooking with Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce (2014 Ulysses Press) by Rachel Rappaport

Ingredients

2 cups shucked raw “frying size” oysters

1/2 cup FRANK’S RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

2 eggs, beaten

2/3 cup flour

2/3 cup bread crumbs

1 tsp. paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

canola oil, for frying

2 tablespoons butter, melted

agave nectar

1/2 cup blue cheese dressing

20 oyster shell halves

Directions

POUR the oysters into a small bowl Add 1/4 cup Frank’s RedHot. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

MEANWHILE, pour the eggs, flour, and bread crumbs into 3 separate shallow bowls. Stir the spices into the bread crumbs. Set aside.

HEAT about 1/2 inch oil in a large, shallow skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge each oyster in the flour, then the eggs, then the seasoned bread crumbs, taking care to thoroughly coat the oyster on all sides. Gently place the oysters one at a time in the hot oil. Cook until golden on all sides, about 2 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Remove the drained oysters to a shallow medium bowl.

WHISK the remaining Frank’s RedHot sauce, butter, and agave nectar together in a small bowl. Drizzle over the oysters. Gently toss to coat.

PLACE each oyster on a shell and garnish with a dollop of blue cheese dressing. Serve immediately.

SOUTHERN FRIED OYSTERS

 

The trick to getting fried oysters just right is to use fresh oysters and frying oil that’s up to temp. The trick to the best Southern fried oysters recipe is right here. I won’t give away all the secrets, but you’ll need some buttermilk and some Creole seasoning. Crispy on the outside, tender on this inside, this is how to fry the best oysters.

Ingredients

16 oz Oysters Everywhere sells them a little different, that’s OK, the flouring mix works for all amounts

2 Cups “Cake” Flour Magic Ingredient – Or Use 2/3 AP Flour & 1/3 Corn Starch

2 Cups Cornmeal

1 T Creole Seasoning Tony’s or Ol Bay or to taste

1 T Garlic Salt

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tsp Dried Oregano Crush in the palm of your hand to release the natural oils

1 tsp Dried Thyme Crush in the palm of your hand to release the natural oils

1/4 Tsp Black Pepper

Salt To Your Taste

Marinade

1 Cup Buttermilk or Whole Milk

2 T Hot SauceIn Refrigerator for 30-40 minutes

Instructions

Rinse off Oysters under cool running water. Place rinsed Oysters into bowl and cover with the marinade mix of Buttermilk/or Whole-Milk and into the refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes, longer is ok. Not overnight, the natural acids in the milk will break down the Oysters’ texture to much.

Mix all dry ingredients in a clean bowl.

Chef Tip: Taste the flour mixture. Does it taste too much like flour? Add more seasoning based on what you think it needs. You can always cook a small test batch and then adjust. the seasoning. This is how restaurant chefs balance out dishes. Test, Test Test…

Oil

Use peanut oil if possible. The high smoke point of peanut oil means less oil smoking and a cleaner flavor.
Add enough oil to cover the Oysters, Oysters need to be in the Oil, not floating on top of the Oil. Three to Four (plus) Inches. You are deep frying the Oysters. If you’re low on oil use a pot that isn’t as wide and deeper.
Preheat to 360 degrees, testing with a candy thermometer. The temperature will drop as soon as the first batch goes in, so keep an eye on the frying temperature. This is why we start at 360 and not 350.
Chef Tip: Test fry a few Oysters to see if the oil temp looks just right, and for taste testing.
Then TSA ( Taste Season & Adjust….)
Sprinkle the Oysters with salt after coming out of the fryer.

TAIPEI PO’BOY

 

Of course, we can’t talk oysters without also including a satiating Po’boy recipe in the mix. While there are several ways you can doctor up your Po’Boy, you haven’t had one quite like this. A crusty ciabatta piled high with cornmeal fried oysters, spinach, and a spicy Thai basil tartar sauce make for a Taiwanese street style inspired Po’Boy sandwich that is to die for.

TAIPEI OYSTER PO’BOY

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“YOU’VE NEVER HAD OYSTER PO’BOY LIKE THIS”

Oh it’s Too-much-life Day.  So lucky for you, you can be left alone with this salivating monstrosity without me breathing down your neck.  Plus, you can’t possibly need introduction to this?  OK, well fine…

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There are things, overrated things out there that I just don’t get, unless, it’s made exactly the way I think it ought to.  And this thing called the oyster po’boy is exactly that.  I mean please, lettuce?  Tomatoes?  Things that have no business in the purity of what a fried oyster sandwich should have.  Now, lobster roll would never subject itself to that kind of insult, would it?  For a great, truly great oyster po’boy, all it’ll ever need are three things:

  1. A pile of sky-high, jacked up fried oysters with a meticulously curated breading, then tossed together with minced garlic, crispy Thai basils and a nostril-clearing dust of ground white/black pepper.  An inspiration drew from the beloved Taiwanese street-style fried oysters.
  2. A kick-ass tartar sauce, a symphony of flavours sung by the tartness of capers, spiciness of pickled jalapeño, saltiness of mashed anchovies and a kick from minced shallots and Dijon mustard.  Then listen to this, chopped hard-boiled egg.  That’s right.  This Frank Stitt guy knows what.
  3. A trusty, crusty submarine as the designated vehicle to drive it all home.

OH yeah, you’ve never had oyster po’boy like this, and you’re never going back afterward.   Now I’ll see myself out so you can have some privacy with it.  

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BACON-WRAPPED SMOKED OYSTERS

 

 

Everything tastes better, even oysters wrapped in bacon. The ultimate bite of surf and turf, wrap the smoked oysters with a strip of bacon, bake them with a soy marinade, then serve these up to your patiently waiting guests.

Bacon Wrapped Oysters

Oysters wrapped in bacon and baked in a soy garlic sauce until the bacon is crispy and the oysters are melt-in-your-mouth tender!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400° F.
In shallow baking dish, wish together sugar, soy sauce, and garlic. Set aside.
Take drained oysters and wrap each with 1/2 slice of bacon and place in baking dish with soy mixture, seam of bacon down.
Bake at 400° F for 10-15 minutes until sauce has thickened and the bacon is crispy at the edges.

Equipment

Mixing Bowl Set
Sheet Pan

Get the recipe here.

THREE CHEESE OYSTER GRATIN

 

You have not had gratin until you’ve tried this Three Cheese Oyster Gratin. A recipe designed to impress guests, this gratin is layered with a dry white wine infused three-cheese sauce and fresh oysters. Grab a loaf of crusty bread, because everyone will want to dive right in.

THREE CHEESE OYSTER GRATIN
Ingredients

8~10 large shucked oysters

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup (240 ml) whole milk

1/4 cup (60 ml) dry white wine

3/4 cup (75 grams) shredded white cheddar

3/4 cup (75 grams) shredded gruyere

1 clove garlic, grated

1/3 tsp sea salt, plus more to adjust

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/8 tsp ground white pepper

1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, plus more to top

Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese to top

Instructions

Rinse and clean the oysters to get rid of any impurities, gently dab dry, then set aside. In a pot over medium heat, melt the unsalted butter then cook the flour for 1 min. Whisk in the whole milk and dry white wine, and continue whisking until the mixture comes to a simmer and has fully thickened, then keep cooking for 5~6 min until reduced slightly and the alcohol has evaporated. Turn off the heat, then add the shredded white cheddar, shredded gruyere, grated garlic, sea salt, ground black pepper, ground white pepper and freshly grated nutmeg, and stir with a fork until the cheese has fully melted (taste and re-season with sea salt if needed).

Preheat the top broiler on high. In a shallow oven-proof skillet, spread 1/2 of the cheese sauce on the bottom, then arrange the oysters evenly and cover with the rest of the cheese sauce. Grate enough Parmigiano cheese to entirely cover the surface, then scatter a few extra nubs of unsalted butter here and there. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 13~15 min, until it’s bubbly and golden browned. Grate another generous pinch of fresh nutmeg over the top (do not be shy with the nutmeg!), then serve immediately with crusty sourdough.

 

BROILED GULF OYSTERS IN A GARLIC BUTTER HERB GRATIN 

 

 

Of course, if a whole gratin is too much you can make these delectable single-serving gratin topped oysters instead. A crumbly gratin topping made of breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, garlic, and parmesan tops the oyster with melted butter then is all broiled to crisp perfection.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

 

6 tbs butter

1/3 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp lemon juice (Or a vinegar-y hot sauce like Tabasco)

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 dozen shucked Gulf oysters

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the broiler and place oven rack about 3 inches from the top of the oven. Put a layer of rock salt or rice at the bottom of a baking dish to create something for the oysters to rest on without spilling.

Toss the breadcrumbs with the parsley, garlic, lemon juice, pepper, Parmesan, and Worcestershire sauce. Melt the butter then pour it over the mix and toss.

Divide the breadcrumb mixture evenly between the oysters, then transfer them to the prepared baking dish.

Broil until crumbs are golden and the edges of the oysters begin to curl, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Serve warm with lemon wedges and enjoy!

 CHARGRILLED OYSTERS ON A HALF SHELL

 

Feeling a little New Orleans fare? Try these Chargrilled Oysters on a Half Shell. Packed with a whirlwind of flavor, they’re smoky, buttery, garlicky, lemony, cheesy, and everything yummy about eating cooked oysters.

Chargrilled Oysters

Prep Time:10 minutes Cook Time:10 minutesTotal Time:20 minutes Servings: 2

Oysters on the half shell done NOLA style, filled with a lemony, garlicky, butter sauce that are topped with cheese and chargrilled until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown. (Serve with crusty bread to soak up all of that buttery saucy goodness!)

ingredients

1 stick butter, room temperature or melted

2 cloves garlic, grated

2 tablespoons lemon juice (~1/2 lemon)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup pecorino romano or parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated

salt, pepper and cayenne to taste

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

12 oysters on the half shell

1/2 cup pecorino romano or parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Mix the butter, garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, cheese, salt, pepper, cayenne and parsley and set aside.

Place the oysters on a preheated 350F/180C grill, let cook until the juice start to bubble, spoon in ~1 tablespoon of the butter mixture onto each oyster, sprinkle on the cheese and cook until the cheese is golden brown.

Sprinkle on the parsley and serve immediately with extra butter, lemon wedges, hot sauce and bread.

 

Get the recipe here.

Chef’s Note: If you don’t have an outside grill, you can do this with the broiler. Liquid smoke can be used in this case to give the broiled oysters a char-like flavor.

GREEN BUTTER GRILLED OYSTERS

 

Whether you’re having an elegant dinner party or simply want to spoil yourself, these Green Butter Grilled Oysters are a must. A Green Butter consisting of parsley, garlic, anchovies, and butter is topped on shucked oysters then broiled in the oven until the butter melts. Don’t forget the artisan bread to go with it.

Ingredients:

1 dozen medium-size oysters on the half-shell

12 tbsp of freshly grated pecorino cheese (1 tbsp for each oysters)

1 rustic loaf of bread, sliced

Green butter (enough for 1 dozen oysters):

10 1/2 tbsp (150 grams) of unsalted butter

1/2 cup (25 grams) of parsley leaves

3 cloves of garlic

1 anchovy fillet in olive oil

1/2 tsp of sea salt

1/2 tsp of ground white pepper

Preheat the broiler on high.

Add all the ingredients under “green butter” into a food-processor, and run until the mixture is smoothly pureed.  Set aside.  Drain most of the oyster liquor out of the shells (save it for some awesome seafood stew) and make sure the interior of the shell is squeaky-clean from any dirts/muds/broken shells, then apply about 1 tbsp of green butter inside each oyster.  It helps the butter stay if you smear it again the side of the shells, instead of trying to make it stick to the oyster meats.

Arrange the oyster on an oven-proof platter, in a way/angle that the oyster are not slanting too much that liquid can escape easily.  Place the platter on the upper level in the oven, only 2″ ~ 3″ (5 cm ~ 7 cm) under the broiler.  Broil the oysters until 90% cooked through, approximately 4~5 min for medium-sized oysters (add 1 more minute to large oysters).  Then take out the platter and apply approx 1 tbsp of freshly grated pecorino cheese, evenly on top of each oysters.  Return the platter under the broiler and bake until the top is melted and golden browned, another 1~2 min (watch closely because it’ll happen fast).

Serve the oysters immediately with sliced country breads (be careful of the super hot shells).  It’s all about dipping the bread inside those green liquid gold…

Hog Island’s Hog Wash

 

 

Hog Island Oyster Company not only produces some quality oysters, but they make an excellent Hog Wash to go with it. Lucky for us, they share the recipe!

Rice vinegar, shallots, lime, and fresh herbs are the secret to this fresh oyster sauce. Shuck some oysters and dig in! One bite and you’ll never want typical cocktail sauce again.

Instructions

Yield: enough for 2 dozen oysters

Mix all, except the cilantro, in a small (preferably glass) bowl. Refrigerate for one hour. Shuck oysters, keeping as much liquid in the shell as possible. Place the oysters, in their shells, on a bed of ice on a deep-sided plate. Add the cilantro to the Hog Wash and serve in a small bowl alongside the oysters. A small amount should be spooned over each oyster just before eating.

NOTE: If you like a sweeter sauce, you may add a teaspoon of sugar to the recipe. Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York City substitutes 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons mirin and 1 teaspoon of sugar for the two rice vinegars.

GRILLED OYSTERS WITH CHIPOTLE BOURBON BUTTER

 

 

Got 15 minutes? Good, then you’ll be happy to know you can whip up these spicy, boozy oysters.

A scrumptious chipotle, butter, bourbon, and honey sauces are dolloped on top of the oysters, then broiled for a few minutes until the butter melts. Even people skeptical about oysters will agree this recipe is a winner.

Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Bourbon Butter

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The addictive chipotle bourbon butter is adapted from Hog Island Oyster Co., which serves legendary grilled oysters at their outpost in Tomales Bay. You can easily make these under the broiler at home if you don’t own a grill.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 dozen oysters

Ingredients

1/2 stick unsalted butter, 4 tablespoons, softened to room temp

2 tablespoons bourbon

2 tablespoons honey

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced

12 oysters, shucked

Instructions

  1. In a small food processor or mixing bowl, combine the butter, bourbon, honey, garlic, and chipotle. Stir or pulse until well-mixed. You can make the butter mixture up to 1 week in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you’re going to be cooking in the hot sun, make sure to chill the butter until solid before starting, about 1 hour.
  2. When ready to BBQ, fire up your grill or broiler. Remove the butter from the fridge, and place a scant tablespoon on each shucked oyster. Place the oysters on the grill or transfer to a baking sheet and place under the broiler. Once the oysters and butter have bubbled and caramelized, remove them from the grill or broiler, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly before enjoying (the shells will be very hot). Eat immediately!

Recipe Notes

You’ll have an easier time incorporating the bourbon into the butter if you use a food processor. But you can just as easily spoon the butter mixture onto the oysters a bit lumpy–it’s going to melt anyway! If you’re broiling the oysters instead of grilling, use small piles of salt under each shell to keep them upright, otherwise the butter will spill all over the pan.

THAI OYSTERS WITH LIME AND CUCUMBER GRANITA

 

There are many ways to top oysters, but this Thai recipe is one of the most unique. A cucumber and lime granita with a spicy Thai dressing is the double-dipping duo that you’ll want with your fresh oysters. While the salty, sour granita may take a little time to prep, it’s well worth it.

Ingredients

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

pinch of salt

2 tsp chopped red onion

2 tsp chopped green apple

12 shucked oysters

Instructions

As soon as you buy the oysters get them home and keep them in the coldest part of the fridge.
Pour the apple cider vinegar into a small bowl and add a pinch of salt. Stir well to dissolve the salt.
Mix the apple and red onion into the vinegar and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Remove the oysters from the fridge. Arrange them on a platter and add a teaspoon of the apple mignonette sauce on each one.
Serve with the remaining dressing in a small dish.

BLOODY MARY OYSTER SHOOTERS

 

It wouldn’t be a party without these Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters. Whip up a batch of mary’s, pour them into shot glasses, top with a fresh oyster, and shoot them down! Your guests will simply love doing a couple rounds of these shooters.

Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters
Serves 12
Ingredients

1 cup tomato juice

1⁄3 cup vodka

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper12 fresh oysters on half shellGarnish: celery leaves, freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

In a small pitcher, combine tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 15 minutes. Divide tomato mixture among 12 wide-mouth shot glasses. Garnish oysters with celery leaves and pepper, if desired. Serve with shooters.

OYSTER CEVICHE

 

Sure you’ve had shrimp ceviche and fish ceviche. Maybe you’ve even had scallop ceviche. But have you had oyster ceviche? Taking ceviche to another level, this is one recipe you’ve got to try.

Fresh oysters marinated in lime juice and mixed with tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, and cilantro served with a side plantain chips will change how you ceviche.

Ingredients

6 large fresh oysters opened – see how to open an oyster if needed

¼ red onion thinly sliced or diced

1 tomato seeded and finely diced

½ green bell pepper finely diced

½ tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

5 limes juiced

½ tablespoon oil sunflower or light olive oil

Salt to taste

Optional: A dash of ketchup/mustard based on your preference

Serve with:

Chifles or patacones

Aji or hot sauce

Instructions

Soak the onion slices in one cup of cold water with 1 tsp of salt, rinse and drain well. Marinate with the juice of 1 lime.
Remove the oyster meat from the oysters, saving the oyster juice, and chop the oysters into small cubes.
In a medium sized bowl combine the chopped oysters, the oyster juices, marinated red onion, diced tomatoes, diced bell peppers, lime juice, finely chopped cilantro, oil and salt to taste.
Let marinate in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes and serve immediately.

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