I’m a big fan of oysters on the half shell. But, every now and then, cooked oysters make their way into my dinner plans … and one the easiest way to cook oysters is to grill them in their shells. In other words, you don’t have to do any prepping other than make a sauce to serve them with. No shucking needed as the oyster shells literally “pop” open when they’re cooked—they steam inside their shells. Here’s all you need to know
By law, oysters are sold live (as are mussels and clams). The shells should be tightly shut—discard any with open or broken shells.
A few pounds of fresh oysters
1-2 sticks of butter, melted
7-8 heads of garlic, minced
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Juice from one lemon
Heat grill to just over medium. You don’t want it too hot … on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hottest, aim for a 6.5. VERY IMPORTANT: Place the oysters cup side down with the hinge closest to the grill opening just in case there are any that want to “explode” off the grill grates. This way they’ll “shoot” towards the back of the grill. I’ve never had it happen, but it’s a possibility so better to be safe than sorry.
Close the grill lid and let cook for 10-15 minutes. The bigger the oysters, the longer the time needed to cook. You’ll know when they’re done because the shells will “pop” open not completely open, but enough that you’ll be able to tell. That’s all there is to it. Remove from the grill and pry open with an oyster knife. Serve as is or with your favorite dipping sauce. I like a combination of Tabasco with lemon, garlic, fresh parsley and melted butter. Just melt butter (clarified is best), add garlic, parsley and lemon then drizzle over oysters. People can add Tabasco as they see fit. Enjoy!
A note about my recipes … most of what I cook isn’t a precise science. It’s look, taste and feel. And I encourage you to cook the same way. Add a little more of this, or a little less of that … and pay attention … and before long you’ll be a wiz at cooking seafood.
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