How to Cook Oysters

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How to Cook Oysters

Even though oyster connoisseurs would sneer at anyone who’d eat this famous seafood cooked, many people opt to cook oysters so they can enjoy the delicate flavor better. Cooking oysters is pretty simple, but just like other delicacies, require proper procedure. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bland tasting dish that doesn’t match your expectations.

What You’ll Need:

  • Fresh oysters
  • Scrub brush
  • Saucepan
  • Oyster knife
  • Water or broth
  • Stove

Cleaning And Opening The Oysters

  1. Purchase fresh oysters from the grocery. Before you start cooking, check and see if there are some that are dead and have been opened. These might be carrying unhealthy bacteria, so dispose them immediately. Never attempt to cook or serve oysters that have already been opened.
  2. Put the oysters under running water then use a scrub brush to clean them. No need to use soap. Brushing removes contaminants and dirt on the surface of the shell. You don’t want those dirty particles to be mixed with the fleshy oyster when you start cooking.
  3. Steam the oysters for thirty seconds. If you don’t have a steamer, use a microwave. This causes them to open. While you can boil the oysters in their shells, opening them first lets you use them for various cooking methods.
  4. Open the oysters completely with an oyster knife. Just insert the knife near the hinge, then push the top to open. Try not to spill any of the oyster’s liquor. Pull the top of the shell, then separate the muscles at the hinge. If you’re going to bake the oysters, you can opt not to remove the shell anymore.

Boiling Oysters

Boiling is the most common way to cook oysters. Here’s how.

  1. Put some broth or water into a saucepan, then place over high heat. Allow it to boil.
  2. When the liquid comes to a rolling boil, put the oysters in. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and leave the oysters to soak in it for a minute or two.
  3. Once their edges start to curl up, remove them from the liquid.
  4. You can leave the oysters in the liquid longer to cook them better, but don’t put them back on the stove. Too much heat causes the oysters to become rubbery and shriveled.

Deep Frying Oysters

Deep-frying is another popular way of cooking oysters. Follow this easy recipe.


  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of fine bread crumbs
  • ½ tablespoon of pepper
  • Two quarts of canola or vegetable oil
  • A tablespoon of salt
  • Two eggs


  1. Beat the eggs, and set aside. Then, get a separate bowl and mix the flour, salt and pepper together.
  2. Get a saucepan and heat the cooking oil in it, until it reaches a temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. While waiting for the oil to heat to heat, Coat the oysters in the flour-seasoning mix, then shake off the excess flour.
  4. Dip the oysters in the eggs, then roll in the bread crumbs, coating them thoroughly.
  5. Lower the oysters in the hot oil slowly, careful not to splatter it. Fry them for two minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
  6. Remove the oysters from the oil, then drain on a paper towel.

Some Tips:

  • Oysters are already salty by nature, so there’s no need to salt them.
  • When serving raw oysters, chill them on a bed of ice, to keep them fresh. Serve with crisp thin crackers or thin and buttered pumpernickel slices.
  • Small and young oysters are more tender than older and bigger ones.
  • Put the oysters in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, so opening them will be easier.
  • Create a delicious sauce for your cooked oyster. One example is mixing melted butter with parsley, thyme or garlic.

You may not be a connoisseur, but you’ll definitely appreciate the delightful flavor of this seafood. Follow these tips and you’ll enjoy warm, freshly-cooked oysters anytime you like.