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HOW TO SHUCK AN OYSTER

What you’ll need:
Cutting Board
Tea towel
Shucking knife

  1. Place oyster in the towel with hinged end facing your dominant hand.
  2. With the knife at a 45° angle, apply pressure to the bill of the oyster with your opposite hand. With careful pressure, begin wiggling the knife tip into the hinge.
  3. With knife approximately 1/4” into the shell, begin to twist/wiggle the knife until the hinge pops.
  4. Run knife under the top shell to cut the abductor muscle and release top shell.
  5. Run knife under the oyster meat to cut the abductor muscle from the bottom shell and release oyster.
  6. Run knife under the oyster meat to cut the abductor muscle from the bottom shell and release oyster.
  7. Check oyster for any shell fragments and enjoy!

BAKE

  1. Pre heat oven to 500oF
  2. Scrub shells
  3. Place oysters on a cookie sheet, cup size up for juicer meat
  4. Bake for 15-35 minutes, depending on size until shells pop open
  5. Remove from oven and take off the top shell
  6. Enjoy plain or dipped in melted butter

BROIL

  1. Preheat the broiler and place rack 6 inches from element
  2. To prevent oyster shells from sliding, put a layer of rock salt or dry, uncooked rice on a rimmed baking sheet
  3. Scrub the oyster shells
  4. Carefully shuck the oysters keeping any liquid in the shell. Discard the top shells and arrange the oysters in the prepared baking pan
  5. Optional: Add toppings to each oyster such as butter, bread crumbs, lemon zest, chives, etc]
  6. Broil the oysters 5-6 minutes or until the oysters are cooked through and the topping (if using) is golden brown

 

GRILL

  1. Scrub shells; toss any that are open or sound hollow when hit together
  2. Place on grill cup side down
  3. Cover grill; oysters are ready when they begin to open
  4. Cool slightly, then use an oyster knife to cut the muscles connecting the oyster to the shells
  5. Serve with warm butter or mignonette

RECIPES TO TRY

Mignonette Sauces
Click here to try 5 mignonette sauce flavors!

Shucked
Korean Pancakes
Hawaiian Style Oyster Po’ Boy

Grill
Grilled Oysters w/ Gremolata Red Chile Butter
Grilled Oysters W/ Roasted Garlic-Red Pepper Butter

OYSTER FLAVOR WHEEL

Pangea Shellfish Company. “Oyster Flavor Wheel.” www.pangeashellfish.com/resources.