How to cook oysters

July 4, 2024
by HelloFresh Tips & tricks

    Have you ever tried to prepare oysters at home? You might think that these succulent shellfish are best left to the professionals, but you can cook them yourself for a special treat. Here are our favourite tips for this most luxurious type of seafood.

     

    How to cook oysters

    Many connoisseurs prefer to eat oysters raw, which might be overwhelming for newcomers. Luckily, there are a few different ways to cook them.

    Regardless of your preparation method, the first step involves shucking the oysters. Ask your fishmonger politely, and they may assist you with this. But if you wish to attempt it yourself, first you’ll need a sturdy knife. Hold the oyster in a thick cloth for protection, as the sharp edges can cause cuts, then insert the knife into the pointed end of the oyster (the hinge). When it’s firmly in place, slowly move it up and down like a lever to open the oyster.

     

    How to cook oysters in a pan

    Pan-fried oysters are a delicacy, and while it might not be the most refined way to enjoy them, it’s surprisingly delicious. For a crispy coating, dip the oysters in flour, followed by beaten egg, and finally panko breadcrumbs. Pan-fry them in a few centimetres of oil, then blot them dry before serving.

     

    How to cook oysters in the oven

    Baking oysters is a favourite culinary hack. By preparing them this way, you can avoid the hassle of shucking, as they will naturally open up in the oven. Just place the oysters on a baking tray and cook them at 200°C for ten minutes. They’ll open up slightly in the oven. Take them out, let them cool, and finish the job with a spoon.

     

    How to cook oysters in the shell

    Oysters Rockefeller are great starter for a decadent dinner party, that also prepares the oysters while in the shell. Arrange the oysters in half shells, top them with a blend of butter, herbs, and breadcrumbs, and quickly grill them. Don’t leave them under the grill for too long – you just want the breadcrumbs to develop a rich golden colour.


    All cooking appliances vary. These are guidelines only. Ensure the food is piping hot before serving. Do not reheat.

     

    How to prepare raw oysters

    Elevate your dinner party with a selection of fresh, raw oysters. Experiment with various toppings like:

    • Finely chopped coriander
    • Chilli and lime juice
    • Dill, capers and lemon juice
    • Pomegranate seeds and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses

    There are hundreds of ways you can serve raw oysters. In fact, we might say that the world is your – well, you know the rest!

    How to eat oysters

    If you haven’t tried an oyster before, they can seem a little intimidating. For people trying raw oysters for the first time, you might find that smaller is better. The pleasure of consuming oysters lies in the way they glide down your throat in one easy mouthful, without the need to bite or chew. So a smaller oyster should be easier to swallow. To eat an oyster, simply:

    • Hold the oyster shell horizontally: the liquid in it, which is called the oyster liquor, is a real delicacy and should be savoured along with the meat, as well as your topping.
    • Lift the shell up to your mouth and tip it in: use your tongue to pull the oyster away if necessary. 
    • Try this for a taste of true luxury: wash your oyster down with a glass of champagne.

    FAQs

     

    How are oysters usually cooked?

    Oysters can be boiled, steamed or grilled. However you cook them, make sure you do it quickly. They should not be heated for too long, as they may become tough and chewy.

    Do you boil or steam oysters?

    You can choose to boil or steam oysters. This makes it easier to loosen them up. You’ll lose some of the delicate nature of a raw oyster, but you’ll keep the rich flavour.

    How do you prepare raw oysters?

    After shucking, raw oysters are often served with a few flavourings. Finely chop your favourite herbs and mix them with citrus juice, as the tang of lemon or lime pairs well with oysters. 

    How do you boil raw oysters?

    Make sure your water is already boiling when you add the oysters to the pot. Submerge them fully and let them cook for about five minutes. When you see the shells starting to open, take them out of the water.


    All food products vary. The instructions printed on the food packaging always supersedes those printed in this article and must always be followed.
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