I never knew one could grill oysters this way until I’ve tasted them in New Orleans.
To someone who is used to the French way of eating oysters – meaning ‘raw’, grilling them seemed almost like a sin. But I was completely wrong.
After searching for recipes online, I have come to the following conclusion:
- You need a fire grill (which I don’t have, so the results are not so ‘charred‘)
- There are as many recipes as there are oysters.
This version below is a reductive one. I personally think adding too much to the sauce makes it difficult to taste the sweetness of the oysters paired so well with the butter. So the things which I have discarded are: Creole seasoning, thyme, oregano and Worcestershire sauce. If you feel these are essential, try out this version of the Acme charbroiled oysters instead or build on this by adding other herbs or spices.
- 100g unsalted butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced finely
- 1 tsp parsley, minced finely
- Half tsp red pepper powder
- Juice from 1 slice of lemon
- 3-5 tsp Romano cheese, grated
- Salt and black pepper
- 12 fresh oysters, shucked
- Pinch of Romano cheese
- Pinch of minced parsley
- Lemon wedges
- Fresh baguette
Serving: 2 persons
- Pre-heat up your oven with the top grill at 230 degree celsius.
- In a small saucepan over low fire, melt the butter and whisk in the rest of the ingredients. Set aside.
- Once the oven is ready, place your oysters in a tray and place them under the grill for 3 minutes to let them cook in their own juice.
- Take them out and place the sauce over every oyster, place them in again for about 7 minutes or when the sauce starts bubbling.
- Take them out again and sprinkle the grated Romano cheese and minched parsley and place them under the grill for another 1 minute.
- Take them out and serve them with French baguette and lemon wedges.
If you like this recipe, bear in mind the best taste is still in New Orleans! There, you get to taste fresh Gulf oysters and see them charbroiled over a fire grill!
Here are the top three Charbroiled Oysters restaurants in New Orleans:
Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
739 Iberville St,
New Orleans, LA 70130-2323
Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
2 Poydras St,
New Orleans, LA 70130