The Best Grilled Oysters
One of my favorite things to grill during summer is oysters — big, fat, juicy and succulent oysters on the half shell. Grilled oysters are one of the easiest things to make, and the end result is so delicious that I can eat so many of them.
I created this recipe after I tried out a similar recipe at a seafood buffet recently. You need a few simple ingredients to bring out the natural briny good taste of the oysters: finely chopped garlic, parsley leaves, salt, paprika, and butter.
It’s that simple. If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can baked them in the oven and the results are equally tantalizing. Before serving, you may add a squirt of lemon juice or lime juice and enjoy!
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Ingredients for Grilled Oysters
Frequently Asked Questions
What do grilled oysters taste like?
It’s said that grilled oyster have a copper taste, while the texture becomes more similar to an overcooked fried egg.
How long should you grill oysters?
It depends on the size. My recipe uses 5-8 minutes, but bigger oysters might take 8-10 minutes.
How do you clean oysters before grilling?
Rinse the oysters under cold running water.
How many calories?
This recipe has 54 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
This dish is best served with grilled bread. For a wholesome seafood meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 6 big shell-on oysters
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
- paprika to taste
- 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- lemon wedges, optional
- Shuck the oysters and set aside.
- Top the oysters with the chopped garlic, parsley leaves, and season with paprika (to taste). Add some melted butter in each oyster.
- Grill on outdoor grill for about 5-8 minutes or until they are cooked. Serve immediately. You can add a squirt of lemon juice before eating.
The secret trick about shucking oysters is to have the "flatter" side of the oyster facing you, then start at the hinge of the oyster (the pointed end of the oyster). Insert an oyster knife or a small knife at the hinge, twist the knife a few times and pop the shell open. You can check out this video by Ming Tsai on how to shuck oysters.
If you bake these oysters, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Serving Size3 people
Amount Per Serving Calories 54Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 15mgSodium 52mgCarbohydrates 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g